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VCU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 

Ahimw Associatioti Officers 

Jo Lynne DeMary '72MED 

P f! t S ! f N ^ 

Dan Massey '92BS/B 



Nina Sims SSBS/IVIC 

SECRETARY 

Jack Fanner '69BS/B 

TREASURER 

D. Mattliew Grammar 'OIBS/En 

F f I C t R AT LARGE 

William Ginther SSBS '74IVIS/B 

IMMEEJIATE PAST PRESIDENT 



Chairs of School Aliimm Boards 
Robert Putney '83BGS 

NONTRAOI Tl N Al STUDIES PROGRAM 

Kenneth Thomas '91BS/B 

SCHOOL Of BUSINESS 

Stephanie Holt '74BS/B 

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION 

Bradford Crosby '01 BS/En 

SCHOOL uF ENGINEERING 



Board of Directors 

TERM EXPIRING 2 00 8 

Robert Almond '74BS '85MED/E 

Patricia Green '74MSW 

Elizabetli Moran '92MPA 

Jacqueline Tunstall-Bynum 'g2BS/H&S 



TERM EXPIRING 2007 

Stephen Jones '75BS/B 

Shirley McDaniel '99BGS/H&S 

Carol Negus '63BFA 

Vickie Snead '76BS/B 



TERM EXPIRING 2006 

Marika Byrd '92BGS/H&S 

Quentin Corbett '72BS/B 

Joseph Holicky III '7683 '78MS/B '77BS/H&S 

Juanita Leatherberry '73BS/B 

Cecil Millner '78BS '82MACC/6 

Susan Trulove '96MT/E 

Linda Warren '75BS/B 



AFRICAN AMERICAN ALUMNI COUNCIL 

Michelle Dixon Jones 'SBBS/H&S 



YOUNG A L U tvl N I COUNCIL 

Guarav Shrestha '03BS/B 





Dear Alumni and Friends, 

It is my honor to serve as President of the Alumni Association of 
Virginia Commonwealth University. As our alma mater progresses 
through one of the most exciting periods of growth and excellence in 
its distinguished history, we can take enormous pride in the emer- 
gence of VCU as a major international University. 

The Association plays an important role in the life of VCU by 
developing and sponsoring a diverse, ever-increasing range of activi- 
ties and programs for the University and its alumni and friends. The 
Association sponsors funding for scholarship and mentoring programs, provides grants 
to academic departments, and supports student recruitment, the legislative process, and 
alumni recognition programs, to name just a few of our key initiatives. 

Members of the Alumni Association receive a broad range of benefits, including inter- 
national travel; special access to VCU cultural, educational and athletic events; discounts 
on VCU recreational facilities; networking with alumni and friends; and much more. 

In the months ahead, we want to be in better touch with alumni as we implement 
initiatives from our strategic plan, launched in 2005. Among other projects, we intend to 
establish a network of regional and affiliate alumni chapters. 1 encourage all Association 
members who wish to build or join a chapter to contact the VCU alumni office at 804-828- 
2586, or through vcu-alum(a'vcu.edu. 

This is a terrific time to join your Alumni Association, to reconnect and grow with your 
University Your loyalty adds prestige to VCU, strengthens the value of your degree, and 
builds school pride. Annual dues and life member fees are vital to the continued opera- 
tion of the Association and will maintain our support for VCU, our alumni and friends for 
generations to come. 

We welcome your thoughtful advice and ideas as we strive to be an active and produc- 
tive alumni association. To contact the Association or to obtain information regarding 
benefits and membership fees, please visit our web site at wwrw.vcu-mcvalumni.org or call 
(804) 828-2586. 

Best wishes, 

Jo Lynne DeMary '72MED 

President, Virginia Commonwealth University Alumni Association 



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Your RPI of decades ago is now a major university 
with international recognition and a growing cam- 
pus and student body. We'd love for RPI alumni to 
come and see for yourselves what you started! 



Take in VCU on Broad Street and enjoy a buffet at 
VCU's Fine Arts Building. Try Slop Shop Specials 
|or otherwise) at the new Shafer Court Dining hiall, 
and revisit some of your old classrooms and dorms. 
We'll be inducting alumni of '54, '55, and '56 into 
the 50-Year Golden Circle alumni Club. So come 
and remember your old friends and walk around 
the newest VCU. Watch for on invitation in the mail, 
or call 804-828-2586 for details. 



An Equal Opportunity/Aflirmatlve Action University 






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VCU Without Borders 

World Player 

We Are the World 

World Class 

VCU: Good People in a Crisis 

Lost in Translation 



RO. Box 843044 2 

University News 3 

The Campaign for VCU 6 

Alumni News 32 



Cover: VCU graduate and undergraduate students and alumni from Austria, Brazil, Cote D'lvoire, 
England, Greece, India, USA, France, Malawi, Pakistan, The Philippines, Spain, Thailand, and 
Turkey make some Shafer Court connections at the compass rose near Cabell Library. Photos on 
front and back covers and page 20 by Jay Paul '85BGS/H&S '93MFA/A. 

Stay Connected. At www.VCU-MCVAIumni.org, VCUAA members 
can get low-cost internet service through vcu.org. 

Copyright © 2006 by Virginia Commonwealth Universit>-. 




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a magazine for alumni and 

friends of the Monroe Park Campus of 

Virginia Commonwealth University 

in Richmond. VCU is a Carnegie 

One Researcli University with an 

eniollment of 29,400 students on the 

Monroe Park and Medical College 

of Virginia Campuses. The magazine 

is published t^vice a yeai by 

VCU Alumni Relations. 

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EDITOR 

BEN CORNATZER 

ART DIRECTOR 

STACY HEBERT 

ALUMNI NOTES 

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UNIVERSITY NEWS 

CHIP ROSSI 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF 
ALUMNI RELATIONS 

Contact VCU Alumni Relations at 

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P.O. Box 843044 

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Email: VCU-ALUM(svcu.edu. 

Phone (804) VCU-ALUM 

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Website: www.vcu-mcvalumni.org 







Remembering Coach Ed Allen 

I played baseball at VCU for four years 
under Ed Allen. He was a wonderful 
man who definitely cared about people. 
Coach Allen helped me personally for 
several years after college, and he and his 
wife became very dear friends. 

1 have been in business for 28 years 
and can honestly say Ed Allen's support 
is part of the reason for my success. He 
definitely gave me the desire to help kids 
whenever the situation arises. 

Coach Allen is a perfect example of 
not having to achieve a tremendous win- 
loss record to be considered a great coach. 
He was truly a special person who repre- 
sented VCU in a most admirable way. 

Mark Coates 

I pitched for the Rams in 1964- 67. 
In 1964 or '65 we were playing Old 
Dominion at old Hochkiss Field. They 
were beating us badly by eight runs. It 
was the bottom of the sixth of a seven- 
inning game. We had loaded the bases 
with two outs. Coach Allen signaled 
that he wanted the squeeze play. On the 
bench we all looked at each other in total 
amazement. The squeeze play usually 
gives up the batter to get a run; and we 
already had two outs. The batter thought 
it was a mistake and went half-way down 
the third base line to confer with Coach. 

The next pitch, the squeeze was on, 
and down the third baseline came our 
runner. The ball was bunted. Evidently 




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To celebrate RPI as the seed and 
trunk of VCU, the Reunion Planning 
Committee is holding a design 
competition to commission a 
sculpture recognizing Richmond 
Professional Institute. The site 
is well-remembered, in front of 
the Shafer Street arch of Ginter 
House— the Ad— and incorporat- 
ing the well-used stone wall where 
so many sat and sighed, giggled 
and gabbed. The three top de- 
signs will be on display online, so 
you can vote on 
your choice. The 
Committee will 
invite all alumni to 
contribute to funds 
for the memorial. 





stunned, the pitcher delayed charging 
the ball. The third baseman was stuck in 
his tracks. The first baseman never cov- 
ered first. Our runner was safe at home; 
and the batter was safe at first, while 
both others were safe at second or third. 
The Old Dominion coach and the team 
were complete!}' thrown for a loop. We 
went on to tie the score after two outs; 
and in the seventh inning we scored the 
winning run. 

Later we asked the coach why the 
squeeze play, when we were so far 
behind. He said they would never 
expect the unexpected. And they didn't, 
because the team that had been beating 
our brains out started to look like the 
amazin' Mets. 

Coach Allen. ..was fun to play for and 
he treated every man on the team with 
great respect and sincere interest. He was 
a good man and you saw this from him 
day in and day out. I miss him and now 
that 1 know he is gone, I will miss him 
even more. 

Goodbye Coach, thank you and 
please no squeeze plays up there. 

Milt Woody '67BS/E 

An obituary for Coach Ed Allen is on 
page 40. 




We asked you, 

What do you love about RPI/VCU? 

My memories include playing basketball 
for the RPI Green Devils in the '60s, and 
playing bridge in the Shafer Street Slop 
Shop (the only new building on campus). 
Thanks for including RPI in your survey. 

Bob Lehman '66BS/B 

One of my fondest memories of RPI was 
meeting friends in the basement lounge at 
901 Franklin St. In those days all the classes 
met in former bedrooms of the local houses. 
You knew everyone, and everyone knew you. 

1 know the place has grown... but I will 
never forget the good times I had there. 

Henry Boschen '50BS/E 

I was fortunate enough to study under Teresa 
Pollack, Chuck Renick and Maurice Bonds 
in the '60s at RPI. They made quite an impres- 
sion in my life. 1 was also proud to serve on 
the Alumni Board as Secretary/Treasurer and 
on the Alumni Committee in the joining of 
RPI and MCV as a Cornerstone Member. 

Still miss sitting on the Shafer Street wall 
in the springtime. 

Cabell Parker Kinton '63BFA 

Correction 

We inadvertently left out the credit for the 
photo of alumnus Mark Burnside on page 19 
of the Spring 2005 issue; the photographer is 
Mike Zinski, www.VASphoto.com. 




Homecoming Grill and Chill— and Thrill 

Chilly it was, but 350 alumni, guests and students, didn't mind, at a tailgate cookout 
on campus February 11. VCU alumni from the Schools of Business and Engineering, 
as well as the Young Alumni Council, African American Alumni Council and VCU 
Alumni Association set up tents and grilled hot dogs and burgers. 

After the eats, a parade streamed from the VV Lot to the Siegel Center for the home- 
coming game, also broadcast on ESPN2. And here's the thrill— VCU v ODU, 80-74. 



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Super Sculptors 

U.S. News and World Report Tanks VCU's graduate 
sculpture program number one in the country, 
and VCU artists continued to capture accolades 
in 2005. 

Sculpture alumna Teresita Fernandez 
'92MFA received a 5-year, $500,000 MacArthur 
"genius" Award in September. Her work integrates 
architecture and optical effects of color and light 
to create exquisitely constructed, contempla- 
tive spaces. Ceramicist Daisy Youngblood, who 
studied at the School of the Arts in the late '60s, 
received a MacArthur Award in 2003. http:// 
www.macfound.org/programs/fel/announce.htm 

New York artist Bonnie Collura '94BFA was 
awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in May. Col- 
lura teaches sculpture at the Rhode Island School 
of Design. Faculty member Elizabeth King held 
a Guggenheim in 2002, and Teresita Fernandez 
in 2003. 

For the icing on sculpture's cake, Tara 
Donovan '99MFA was featured in ART News in 
December. "Wow, where do you go from here?" 
exclaimed Sculpture Department Chair Amy 
Hauft in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

Quality, Veteran Leadership 

Dr. Jonathan Perlin '91PhD '92MD '96HS/M 
'97MSHA/APH was sworn in as Under Secre- 
tary for Health in the Department of Veterans 

Affairs on May 5, having been 
assistant under secretary since 
April 6, 2004. As CEO of the 
Veterans Health Administra- 
tion (VHA), Perlin leads the 
nation's largest integrated 
health system. 

Perlin is also one of 16 ex- 
perts named to a national com- 
mission to increase effective 
use of computerized patient records and other 
digital information in the health care industry. 
Perlin led the VHA in creating performance 
standards for its health care professionals and 
developing an effective system for VHA's comput- 
erized health records, improving patient care and 
satisfaction — and proving particularly valuable to 
patients of the New Orleans VHA in post-Katrina 
chaos. [See Katrina, page .] 

Before joining VHA in 1999, Pedin served the 
VCU Health System as assistant professor of inter- 
nal medicine and as medical director for quality 
improvement. 



At the request of the VCU 
Board of Visitors, Presi- 
dent Eugene Irani agreed 
in May to extend his presidency for three years 
beyond his contract to June 30, 2010. VCU 
Rector Edward Bersoff said the Board "did not 
want to lose momentum on several important 
initiatives that reach critical stages right at the 
time Irani would be stepping down." 

Ihose initiatives include major construction 
projects on both campuses, further develop- 
ment of the Virginia Biotechnology Park, and 
expansion of the Inova Campus of the VCU 
School of Medicine in Northern Virginia. 

"Dr. Irani has been uniquely successful 
at building VCU into a major urban research 
institution in partnership with the Richmond 
community, greatly enhancing the economic 
vitality of the entire region," Bersoff said. 
Since Irani took the presidency in 1990, 
VCU's partnerships with other government 
agencies and the private sector have become 
a model for other institutions — and cities. 

"I look forward," Irani said, "to not only 
leading our important initiatives, but also to an 
expanded external role of the presidency." 




imagining Success 

In July, VCU's national champion software 
design team finished among the top 13 teams in 
Microsoft's Imagine Cup, an international com- 
puter and software design competition in Japan. 
VCU's Team LINK— James Barrett '05BS/B, John 
McKeon and John Sells — had taken first place in 
May in the U.S. Imagine Cup Invitational. They 
represented the U.S. in Yokohama among 200 
students from 38 countries. 

Team LINK wanted more than technological 
flash; they wanted a project that did something 
useful. Their Tablet PC application, ECESIS, 
is designed for early-childhood classrooms to 
teach children to print the alphabet. It provides 
feedback to the kids and ways for teachers and 
parents to monitor their progress. Their design 
earned a $9,000 cash award. 

"The Imagine Cup has already opened doors 
in the education community, and the over- 
whelming positive response from the judges and 
participants has validated the universal need and 
appeal of our vision," Barrett said. 



Enrollment Strategies 

VCU expects enrollment to reach 
34,000 by 2012, largely from expanded 
Schools of Business and Engineering. 
VCU also expects substantial growth 
for graduate programs in nursing and 
public health. 

Enrollment for the 2005-06 is 
29,000 students, compared to 21,349 
ten years ago. Enrollment projections 
depend on adequate state general fund 
support to allow for residential growth. 

Theresa Pollak's Legacy 

VCU artists dominated the eighth 
annual Theresa Pollak Prizes for 
Excellence in the Arts, established by 
Richmond MagazmeXo honor the found- 
ing artist and teacher of the School of 
the Arts. 

Art school dean Richard Toscan 
headlined this year's honorees, accept- 
ing the Pollak Lifetime Achievement 
Award. Also honored were Elizabeth 
King, professor of sculpture: John 
Winn '93BM '95MM, vocalist and 
music faculty member: poet Elizabeth 
Seydel Morgan '87MFA/H&S: 
sculptor R. Nicholas Kuszyk '02BFA, 
honored as an emerging artist: and 
James Parrish, a leader among 
Richmond filmmakers and director of 
development for the School of Nursing. 

Hotel X, a band founded by two 
former VCU students, and Ezibu Muntu 
African Dance and Cultural Foundation, 
also started at VCU, received prizes for 
collective art. 

Adtention! 

VCU Adcenter students collected the 
grand prize in the student category and 
a gold prize in the general advertis- 
ing category at the national ATHENA 
Awards for creativity in newspaper 
advertising. The Adcenter which 
Crea&Vrty magazine ranked number one 
advertising and design school in the 
country, has collected eight ATHENAs 
since 1998. 

The Student Grand Prize winner 
used the simple image of a newspaper 
in a plastic bag with the line, "The 
Container Store. Contain anything." 
The Gold winner portrayed Phil's TV 
and Appliance as a family-owned store 
capable of offering personal service: 
"The big guys will overwhelm you. 
We'll just whelm you." 

Lauren Weinblatt '05MS/MC 
was art director for both ATHENA 
winners and co-creative director on 
the Gold Prize ad. Joel Grynlewski 
'05MS/MC was copywriter and 
co-creative director for the Gold Prize 
ad: Heather English '05MS/MC was 
copywriter for the Grand Prize ad. 

"Winning one award, let alone two, 
was a great surprise," Weinblatt said. 



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On April 25, 2005, VCU's interim provost Dr. Stephen Gott- 
fredson was named VCU's provost and vice president for 
Academic Affairs. As provost, he is the academic leader of 
the entire university. 

While Gottfredson was dean of the College of Humani- 
ties and Sciences, research funding quadrupled and new 
schools and programs were created, such as the L. Douglas 
Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, the VCU 

School of World Studies, and the forensic science and homeland security and 

emergency preparedness programs. 

"Dr. Gottfredson seizes opportunities in the most challenging circumstances, 

which is a real strength at a public university," said Dr. Edward Bersoff, rector of 

the VCU Board of Visitors. 



Roll Call 

New Dean for School of Medicine 

After a 40-year career at MCV and 
VCU, Dr. Heber "Dickie" Newsome 
Jr. '63-'70HS/M retired as dean of 
the School of Medicine and professor 
of surgery. At Commencement in 
May, 2005, VCU awarded him the 
Presidential Medallion for extraor- 
dinary achievement in learning and 
commitment to the University He led 
the medical school as dean, as chair of 
general and trauma surgery, senior as- 
sociate dean and chief of medical staff 
for MCV Hospitals, 

Dr Jerome Strauss became dean 
of the VCU School of Medicine on Sept. 
15. Strauss had been associate chair 
of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the 
University of Pennsylvania's School of 
Medicine and founding director of U 
Penn's Center for Research on Repro- 
duction and Women's Health. 

River Watch 

Dr Leonard Smock, 
chair of the Biology 
Department, is the new 
director of the Inger 
and Walter Rice Center 
for Environmental Life 
Sciences, VCU's environmental field 
station on the James River Smock will 
oversee day-to-day operations and 
coordinate activities and programs 
associated with the Rice Center, a 
343-acre property supporting research, 
education and outreach. 

New Lesson Plan 

Dr William Bosher stepped down as 
dean of VCU's School of Education on 
July 1, 2005. Dean since 2002, Bosher 
expanded research and developed 
off-campus programs to support local 
school systems. Bosher remains on the 
School of Education faculty, with a joint 
appointment in the L Douglas Wilder 
School of Government and Public 
Affairs. "I look forward to continuing 
to serve VCU and its students while 
focusing on public policy," Bosher said. 

Dr Beverly Warren, associate 
dean for faculty affairs in the School of 
Education, is interim dean. 




Stirring it Up at WiiSiams-^onoma 

On October 24, W. Howard Lester, chair of the 
board of directors of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., told 
a standing-room only crowd of mostly business 
students a retail saga. Since he bought the compa- 
ny in 1978, it has grown out of the kitchen into 
the rest of the house, from sales of $4 million to 
$3.5 billion-plus sales and six brands, including 
Pottery Barn. 

Lester explained that W-S's success depended 
on its willingness to take creative risks, reported 
the Richmond Times-Dispatch. When W-S bought 
Pottery Barn, they developed a distinctive brand 
by designing products in house. Lester admitted 
he thought Pottery Barn Kids was "a dumb idea" 
when women employees first suggested it; but it's 
now generating about $700 million a year. 

"The lifeblood of the retail business is new 
ideas," Lester emphasized. "And without them, 
we will become stagnant. We don't see enough 
really good small merchants creating really good 
new ideas." 

Prized Poets 

Ron Smith '85MFA/H&S and Elizabeth Seydel 
Morgan '87MFA/H&S each received $10,000 
each as winners of the first Carole Weinstein 
Prize in Poetry, to be given annually to a poet 
in Central Virginia poet who has made signifi- 
cant contributions to the art. Weinstein also 
made Smith and Morgan curators of the award 
for the future. 

Both poets, Weinstein said, "have given their 
creative energy to teaching literature, to mentor- 
ing writers, and to advocating for the art of 
poetry everywhere they go." Smith and Morgan 
have published widely, and both have new collec- 
tions coming from LSU Press. 



Disarming Nature 

Recent outbreaks in Asia of bird flu viruses — 
which have infected and killed some people — 
have raised the specter of a worldwide pandemic, 
if the virus mutates to become directly infectious 
human-to-human. "In this case. Nature herself 
is the bioterrorist," observed Dr. Jeffery Tauben- 
berger '86MD '87PhD/M. He is the lead author 
of a study of the 1918 flu virus published in the 
October 6 issue of Nature. 

Taubenberger and his colleagues at the Armed 
Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, 
D.C. analyzed the genetic sequence of the virus, 
revealing that it was probably derived from a bird 
virus. The team has also identified genetic muta- 
tions that may explain its deadliness. The virus 
killed SO million people worldwide. 

Scientists can use the information from 
Taubenberger's team to help identify similar 
bird viruses and to develop effective drugs and 
vaccines. A second group of researchers has 
already used the genetic sequence to recreate the 
virus and study its effects in mice. Taubenberger 
also holds an affiliate appointment in the VCU 
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. 

Jazz for Jimmy Black 

VCU hosted a free jazz concert 
on Oct. 16 to celebrate the 
life and musical legacy of the 
late jazz pianist Jimmy Black. 
Stellar jazz combos includ- 
ing "Fast Eddie" Erickson, 
Steve Bassett and the Jimmy 
Black Trio jazzed up the chilly 
autumn night in tribute. VCU 
alumni in the Neighborliness 
Jazz Quartet composed and 
performed "Jazz for Jimmy 
Black," in his honor. 

VCU threw the party in 
thanks for a $1 million gift to 
VCU Jazz Studies from W.E. Singleton and his 
wife. Dale Harman Singleton, lifelong friends 
of Black. The party also renamed VCU's music 
instruction and rehearsal facility. The James W. 
Black Music Center is scheduled for major renova- 
tions and a 2007 reopening. 

Honoring Government Excellence 

VCU's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government 
and Public Affairs at VCU honored Virginians 
who have made distinctive contributions to the 
practice of government and to the well-being of 
the Commonwealth's communities and citizens 
with the School's first Excellence in Virginia 
Government Awards in November. 

Award winners are: Virginia Senate Majority 
Leader Walter Stosch, the Public-Private Partner- 
ship Award; the Virginia Department of Educa- 
tion, Public Information Award; Richard Kern, 
director of the Virginia Criminal Sentencing 
Commission, Innovation in Government Award; 
Child & Family Network Centers in Alexandria, 
Community Enhancement Award; Robert Grey 
'73BS/B, partner, Hunton & Williams and former 
president of the American Bar Association, the 
Expansion of Freedom Award; and Richard D. 
Brown, director of the Virginia Department of 
Planning and Budget, Lifetime Public Achieve- 
ment Award. 




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: "Why Not?" 

I At Winter Commencement December 10, 
I Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder, a former 
1 governor of Virginia, told graduates to ignore 
Z cynics, to be passionately optimistic about what 
they can accomplish for themselves and their 
community VCU granted 1,978 degrees to 
August and December grads, and 2820 at May 
Commencement 2005. 

"There's always going to be someone who's go- 
ing to tell you that you can't do this or you can't 
do that," said Wilder, the only African American 
ever elected governor in the United States. "I've 
been hearing that my whole life, but I've also 
heard that voice inside me saying, 'Why not?'" 

Wilder, a distinguished professor at VCU's L. 
Douglas Wilder School of Government and Pub- 
lic Affairs, also urged graduates to be "informed 
about what is happening in our world." 

Impressive Double 

Kendrick Warren '05BS/H&S, who produced 
95 double-doubles during his storied VCU basket- 
ball career, pulled off his most impressive double 
December 10. He received his Bachelor of Crimi- 
nal Justice degree on the same day his jersey. 
No. 23, was retired. 

Warren left VCU in 1994 with 1,858 career 
points and a bevy of other VCU records — 
but a few credits short of a degree. So 11 
years later, when he returned to Richmond 
to compete for the Richmond Generals of 
the American Basketball Association, he 
took the summer courses he needed 
to finish. 

Warren remains a VCU career leader 
in 11 statistical categories, averaging 17.7 
points and 9.9 rebounds. He played in 
the Continental Basketball Association 
for several years before heading abroad 
to compete in Sweden, England, France, 
Brazil and Finland. 



Emancipation Day Parade, 10th and Mam, Richmond, Apnl 3. 
1905. Photographer: Lycurgus S. Glover 

Voices of Freedom 

Hear and see first-hand accounts of the struggle 
against segregation in Virginia. In "Voices of 
Freedom," VCU Libraries Special Collections vid- 
eotaped interviews with 12 veterans of Virginia's 
civil rights movement. Online at http://www. 
library.vcu.edu/jbc/speccoll/civilrights.html. 

Winning World Gold 

VCU Men's Basketball Coach Jeff Capel spent 
part of his summer as an assistant coach for the 
U.S. team at the World University Games in 
August in Ismir, Turkey For 28 days Capel helped 
head coach Jay Wright form and guide the U.S. 
squad into a close-knit team that navigated a 
difficult international field to capture the title. 
The Americans defeated Ukraine, 85-70 for the 
championship and the gold medal. 

"Watching our guys celebrate, and the sense 
of pride they displayed throughout this trip was 
priceless." Capel said. In his first three years at 
VCU, Capel led the Rams to a 60-31 record and 
two postseason appearances. 




DidTAevDolt? 

Speaking at VCU last April, forensic 
scientist Henry Lee, who has helped 
solve more than 6,000 cases, 
revisited some of his high-profile 
experience — including the 1994 
murders of O.J. Simpson's ex-wife 
Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend 
Ron Goldman. In graphic crime scene 
photos, Lee pointed out what he thinks 
are two different sets of footprints, 
which he believes indicate there were 
two killers. VCU offers bachelor's and 
master's degrees in forensic science. 

Cat-choo! 

Allergic to your cat? Relief may be on 
the way, thanks to VCU immunologist 
Dr. Christopher Kepley, fellow research- 
ers from UCLA, and laboratory mice 
specially bred to be allergic to cats. 
The new treatment links a feline 
protein that causes cat allergies to 
a human protein that stops immune- 
system cells from releasing histamine, 
the chemical that sets off 
allergy symptoms. 

Kepley stresses that 
it would be at least three 
to five years before any 
treatment based on the 
research is available 
to humans. 



VCU gave its annual awards 
to four distinguished faculty 
members at 2005 Convocation 
in September. 

Dr. Phillip Hylemon, 
Award of Excellence, 




"Give Me Land, Lotsa Land..." 

The VCU School of Business hosted the 
15th annual Real Estate Trends Conference 
in October at the Greater Richmond 
Convention Center. 

Featured speakers included Raymond Torto 
from Torto Wheaton Research in Boston and 
Edward McMahon from the Urban Land 
Institute in Washington, D.C. McMahon spoke 
about sustainable development, noting the av- 
erage family size was decreasing as the average 
amount of land per family increased. 

"Here in the Commonwealth, we have been 
using land two to three times faster 
than population growth," he 
said. Nationally, "we have 
been using more land 
than at any time in the 
history of planet Earth." 




Dr. Suzanne Barbour, Dr. Donald Abraham, Dr. Jean- 

Venable "Kelly" Goode, Dr. Phillip Hylemon 

School of Medicine. Backed by consistent National Institutes of Health funding, 
microbiologist Hylemon and his colleagues have played a leading role in research 
contributing to the understanding of arteriosclerosis, cholesterol gallstone disease, 
cholestatic liver diseases and colon cancer. 

Dr. Suzanne Barbour, Distinguished Teaching Award, School of Medi- 
cine. Barbour is internationally recognized for her contributions to the field of 
biochemical and immunological research. As a teacher, wrote VCU colleague Dr. 
Jan Chlebowski, her "clarity, articulation and enthusiasm. ..communicate the en- 
gagement in bioscience that we all share but often cannot fully express." Barbour 
promotes minority enrollment in graduate science through the Bridges Program. 
Dr. Jean-Venable "Kelly" Goode, Distinguished Service Award, School 
of Pharmacy. Working with Ukrop's grocery pharmacists, Goode developed an 
array of wellness and prevention activities, such as immunizations and programs to 
manage diabetes or quit smoking, which are a national model of health care. 
Dr. Donald Abraham, Distinguished Scholarship Award, School of 
Pharmacy. Abraham has a worldwide reputation for developing drugs that interact 
with hemoglobin. He and his colleagues in the Institute for Structural Biology and 
Drug Discovery at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park have discovered 
a drugs with potential for treating sickle cell anemia, and for treating breast 
cancer metastasis to the brain. 



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Flanked by Richmond's Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) and School of Business Dean 
Michael Sesnowitz (r), President Eugene Irani celebrates groundbreaking for 
$141 million new business and engineering buildings — "a transforming moment 
for [VCU], our Schools of Business and Engineering, and the City of Richmond." 



Smart Growth at VCU 

VCU began building three ambitious construction 

projects during 2005, turning the earth for new 

Schools of Business and Engineering, a new critical care 

hospital, and a new School of Nursing. 

VCU faculty, staff alumni and friends gathered 

November 1 for groundbreaking and lunch to celebrate 

the newest step in redefining the University's physical 

and academic landscape. New, linked buildings 

expanding the Schools of Business and Engineering 

"will provide management education firmly grounded 

in technology, interdisciplinary teamwork and global 

perspectives," said VCU President Eugene Irani. 
This $141 million project is the beginning of the 

11-acre Monroe Park Campus Addition east of Belvidere 

and south of Main Streets. The $228 million plan will 

ultimately include student residences and a new home 

for VCU's Adcenter. 

Two weeks later, VCU Medical Center broke ground 

on a new critical care hospital at the Health Sciences 

Campus. The 15-level, $192 million building will house 

spacious treatment areas and innovative medical technologies. 

"It is the beginning of a new era of investment at the VCU Medical Center — invest- 
ment in programs, people and facilities," said John Duval, CEO of MCV Hospitals. 
In fact, friends of the School of Nursing got the jump on investment in health 
care on June 14, when the School broke ground for a $17 million education building. 
The School has almost doubled in the past 10 years, and grown tremendously in 
research and outreach. The modern facility will support the extended functions of a 
21st-century nursing school and allow for further growth to address 
the critical nursing shortage in U.S. health care. 

Philip IVIorris-VCU: Great Partners! 

In January, Philip Morris USA announced a gift 
of more than $2.2 million to VCU's Schools 
of Business and Engineering. Each school will 
receive $1 million, and the School of Engineering 
will also receive $225,000 in equipment. 

"We value VCU's collaborative approach to 
preparing a highly qualified work force and its 
contributions to the economic transformation of 
the city — a commitment shared by Philip Morris 
USA through our investment in the new Center 
tor Research and Technology," said Michael Szy- 
manczyk, Philip Morris chair and CEO. 

In April 2005, Philip Morris USA announced 
it would build a $300 million research and 
technology center in Richmond's Virginia 
BioTechnology Research Park near the VCU 
Health System. A major focus at the research 
center will be developing products and 
technologies to make smoking less harmful. 

VCU is ready to become a partner in key areas 
of compatible research, says Dr. Francis Macrina, 
vice president of research. "We're in a full 
discovery mode," he says. 




Gleefully digging into groundbreaking forthe new 
$17 million School of Nursing building are James 
Roberts, co-chair of Campaign for VCU; Associate 
Dean Dr. Janet Younger; Professor Emerita Dr. Judy 
Collins; President Irani; Dr. Sheldon Retchin, CEO 
of VCU Health System; Dean Dr. Nancy Langston; 
Paula Saxby, president of MCV Alumni Associa- 
tion's Nursing Division; and Carol Crosby, Chief 
Nursing Officer for VCU Health System. 




Girls (and boys), former patients of VCU 
Medical Center's ICU, arrived ready, able 
and willing to help start the digging for a 
newS192 million critical care facility. 



And IVIore Generosity 

VCU and the VCU Medical Center announced two commitments from Stanley and 
Dorothy Pauley and the Pauley Family Foundation: $4 million for the School of 
Engineering Campaign and $5 million for the Heart Center, to be renamed the Pauley 
Heart Center. Stan Pauley chair and CEO of Carpenter Company, is a trustee of the 
School of Engineering Board and has been 



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Mike and Elizabeth Fraizer have made a $1.4 million commitment to build a 
dedicated tennis facility for VCU's Lobs and Lesson Program, which provides tennis 
and academic tutoring for at-risk children. 

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The 1990s and later have been a time of global 
shifts. The Soviet Union broke up, freeing many 
Eastern European countries from isolation but 
facing them with the existential dilemma of 
finding new ways to function effectively. There 
were wars of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and 
Rwanda, health crises in Africa. To many of us 
watching on TV news, even if we were moved 
by tragedy or possibility, these events seemed 
remote and beyond reach. But many alumni saw 
and were moved — and moved. They went there; 
they took their talents and helped. Others real- 
ized borders were arbitrary, ignored them, and 
found friends and colleagues all over the world. 



MAN OF THE WO^LD 

Regis Chapman 'OlPhD/H&S is 

a government bureaucrat whose 
resume reads more like an action 
hero's. Since 1998 he has been work- 
ing for the U.S. Treasury Depart- 
ment, providing technical assistance 
to ministers of finance in developing 
countries. He spent six months in 
Albania before being evacuated after 
the embassy bombings in Tanzania 
and Kenya. During a two-year stint 
living and working with the Minis- 
try of Finance as a resident advisor 
in Georgia, Chapman witnessed 
hunger strikers who had sewn their 
mouths shut with needle and thread 
and saw other protests against the 
government's failure to provide 
electricity. "A couple times 1 got 
stuck out in protests after dark," he 
recalls. "People were burning tires in 
the streets." 

After Georgia, two years in 
South Africa. During two years 
based in Budapest, Chapman over- 
saw Treasury Department missions 
in more than 25 countries, from 
Armenia and Azerbaijan to Paraguay 
and Zambia. 




In Independence Square, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 
Regis Chapman stands with colleagues. His guard 
Sumith Kangara (l| was wounded three times fight- 
ing the Tamil Tigers. Driver Chandrasena Silva (r) 
lost five family members, including his wife, in the 
December 2004 tsunami. 



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"I'd say the most compelling 
environment I've ever been in is 
Liberia," he says. "When I landed 
at the airport, armed Marines were 
there to pick me up because that 
day the United Nations had started 
buying weapons, in an attempt to 
disarm the people fighting the civil 
war. The money ran out, and the 
soldiers got upset and started 
shooting again." 

In the midst of sometimes chaotic 
experiences, Chapman's focus re- 
mains firmly on making economies 
work. "We give technical assistance 
to ministers of finance in develop- 
ing countries so that they can get 
their financial management and 
their budgeting systems in order." 
Chapman helps "to develop their 
information systems, their decision- 
making processes, their capacity to 
gather and analyze information, to 
be responsive to national policies, 
and to mobilize their bureaucratic 
organization to create results." Basi- 
cally, he says, his job is "building 
credibility for a government in the 
eyes of its own citizens." 

Setting up hardware and software 
and teaching best practices for man- 
aging economies is not so hard. But 
"I'm perplexed by the level of cor- 
ruption in the cultures that 1 tend 
to deal in. There's a lot of theft at 
the micro level on one hand. On the 
other hand, it's how people make a 
living because they really don't get 
salaries. In Georgia, the monthly sal- 
ary at the Ministry of Finance wasn't 
enough to pay bus fare back and 
forth to work each day." 

Still, he says, "I'm amazed by the 
dignity and the seriousness and the 
integrity of the people I work with 
just about everywhere I go. People's 
motivations are similar every- 
where," he adds. "In the countries 
1 work in, it's very fundamental. 
It's pretty much food, medical care, 
and trying to generate confidence 
in the future." 

Chapman, his wife Dianne, and 
their two dogs now live in Sri Lanka, 
where he is a resident advisor. 




Jessamyn Miller Priebe's murals teach Gulnean children and their parents good health habits. 



THE PICTURE OF HEALTH 

Jessamyn Miller Priebe '01 BIS/ 

H&S studied photography, Spanish 
and French as an Interdisciplinary 
Studies major. She caught the travel 
bug during an internship with the 
Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels. 
"The best part about it was the news- 
room," Priebe recalls vividly. "You're 
sitting in this tiny room with 30 
journalists crammed in and they're 
all speaking different languages all 
day long." 

Determined to work internation- 
ally, Priebe, like many VCU alumni, 
applied to the Peace Corps. In 
October 2002 she arrived in Guinea, 
Africa. For the first three months 
she stayed with a host family and 
attended classes every day, learning 
to be a public health worker. 

"When you're in Africa, you 
watch every aspect of life hap- 
pen right before your eyes," Priebe 
explains. "There's no privacy, no 
personal space. Everything is done 
outside — eating, cooking, going to 
the bathroom, discussions. You see 
so much. It's like a performance 
every day." 

Working for the Health Minis- 
try in the city of Labe was a crash 
course in community organizing. 
"1 can't even tell you how hard it 
was to get somebody interested in 
change," she says. "We were trying 
to motivate people to do health pro- 
motion and not just wait for people 



to come to them because they were 
sick. They weren't Interested un- 
less there was money involved." So 
Priebe followed Peace Corps advice 
to seek out and cultivate community 
leaders. "They're the ones who are 
going to stay behind. If you can en- 
courage them, give them ideas and 
information, that's the best you can 
hope to do." 

She used her art to educate, 
painting 50 murals at 10 clinics. 
In pictures, children are weighed 
on scales, pregnant women sit 
under trees resting from field work, 
children wash their hands, mothers 
are breastfeeding. "The doctors and 
nurses could use the murals to ex- 
plain things to people," Priebe says. 
"There's not much visual art in that 
culture, so anything that's written or 
printed is just fascinating and amaz- 
ing. I remember one time when I 
was painting a white square to put a 
mural on, a woman came by and she 
said 'it's beautiful, it's beautiful.' She 
was just blown away." 

Today, Priebe works in the 
graphics print department of a large 
advertising company, but she and 
her husband Adam have big plans 
for the future. "I know we're going 
back overseas. That's our dream. 
We crave it." 



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HEALING ART 

"I learned at VCU that art doesn't 
have to be pretty to have a message," 
says W. Maxwell Lawton '91BA/A. 
"That was one of the first things 
they said to me: 'We're not here to 
teach you to make pretty pictures. 
We're here to teach you to think.'" 

Lawton took these lessons to 
heart and created art that continues 
to resonate around the world. Fresh 
out of VCU, he enrolled as an artist 
in residence at the Center for Art 
and Religion of the Wesley Theo- 
logical Seminary in Washington, 
D.C. In his second semester, he was 
diagnosed with end-stage AIDS and 
given three months to live. Mi- 
raculously, the medicines began to 
work— aided, Lawton is certain, by 
the many prayers he received— and 
he earned his Master's degree in 
theology in 1996. 

"Paintings were my papers for my 
courses; this is the language I speak," 
he explains. One of them pictured 
Christ as an AIDS patient. A priest 
sent by Archbishop Desmond Tutu 
to research AIDS groups and min- 
istries saw it, and the Archbishop 
invited Lawton to come to Cape 
Town and make a similar paint- 
ing in St. George's Cathedral. 
His painting would help kick off 
Tutu's new AIDS ministry "Wala 
Nani/Embrace." 

In "Man of Sorrows: Christ 
with AIDS," Christ sits naked on 
an examination table, covered in 
lesions, with an oxygen tube in his 
nose and a crown of thorns. Biblical 
text from Matthew: 25 in Xhosa, 
Afrikaans, and English, covers the 
background: "Whatever you do for 
the least of my brothers, 
you have done for me." 
When "Man of Sor- 
rows" appeared on the 
cover of the Cape Times 
in November 1994, it 
triggered worldwide 
controversy, and 
Lawton received death 
threats from funda- 
rtientalists. More than ten years 
later, the painting has been shown 



all over the world and continues to 
stimulate debate, but for Lawton the 
image will always be personal. 

The original image came to him 
"like a vision," at a time in his life 
when he was grieving over the loss 
of many friends. "The fundamen- 
talists kept saying AIDS is God's 
judgment on people," he recalls. The 
painting is his answer to them. The 
title refers to Isaiah: 53, 3-4: "He 
is despised and rejected of men, a 
man of sorrows and acquainted with 
grief.... Surely he hath born our griefs 
and carried our sorrows; we did 
esteem him stricken, smitten of god, 
and afflicted." Lawton comments, 
"AIDS is not God's judgment. God is 
bigger than AIDS." 

Lawton meets many people with 
AIDS who have taken comfort from 
the painting and others who decided 
to work at AIDS hospices after seeing 
it. "The story of this painting keeps 
being told over and over. There's a 
message there for the world and it 
goes beyond me. 1 know that." 

Lawton continues to paint for 
AIDS and cancer clinics and for ben- 
efits. To see his work and learn more 
about it, Google Maxwell Lawton. 




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Lawton to paint a version of his "Man of 
Sorrows; Christ with AIDS," in Saint George's 
Cathedral in Cape Town. 



PROTE TIN HER TACE 

In August 2000 when Anna Fari- 
ello '87MFA went as a Fulbright 
senior professor to teach museum 
studies at the University of Panama, 
she discovered both dire need and 
lasting inspiration. Many 




museums she visited faced security 
problems or serious dilapidation. 
One curator spent entire days mov- 
ing objects away from the drips in a 
leaky roof. 

Fariello taught courses on collec- 
tions management and museum 
accreditation and administration, 
aimed at helping people who work 
in museums to understand best 
practices in their field and adapt 
those to their needs. About a third of 
her students were students, a third 
were untrained museum employees, 
and a third were museum direc- 
tors, many of whom had little or no 
training either. 

"They were political appoint- 
ments or they had worked up 
through the ranks," says Fariello. 
"They were really sincere about 
wanting to do the job right, but they 
didn't know what their job was. No- 
body had ever actually given them 
the big picture, how museums inter- 
face with their collections and how, 
in turn, museums can both preserve 
collections and create access to those 
collections for the public." 

Class discussions were often pas- 
sionate. Many of Fariello's students 
were already running museums, 
and the information was new and 
challenging. She opened a conversa- 



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Atthe University of Panama, Fulbright 
professor Ana Farielio's students — museum 
worlors and directors — learn collections 
management by documenting Panama Canal 
Museum artifacts. Photos byS. ClayBogers 



tion about the differences between 
the principles of patrimony and 
accession. In Latin countries, a heri- 
tage object (say, an artifact found by 
a farmer) is considered public prop- 
erty — or patrimony — and automati- 
cally enters into a public museum's 
collection. In the US, where private 
property rights are strong, a muse- 
um takes an object into its collec- 
tions via a process called accession, 
only after it has been given formally 
to the museum. In accepting the 
object, the museum commits to 
taking care of it. In Panama, 
resource-strapped museums did 
not have the option of turning 
down work and had to make do 
with resources at hand. A heated 
discussion went on for several 
days — during one break continuing 
at high volume in the restroom. 




"It was gratifying for me, to 
have these people who were hun- 
gry for the knowledge. It was great 
that it meant so much to them that 
they couldn't stop talking about 
it." The conversation and mutual 
support Fariello started continues 
through a new professional as- 
sociation linking the Panamanian 
museum community. 

Fariello is an adjunct faculty 
member at the Virginia Tech 
Department for Interdisciplinary 
Studies; and Governor Mark Warner 
recently named her to the Board 
of Trustees for the Frontier Culture 
Museum in Staunton, a living 
history museum of the culture of 
immigrants who crossed the Atlan- 
tic Ocean to make a life in a new 
world. She owns and directs Curato- 
rial InSight, a museum planning 
and exhibition development firm. 

LEAPING ACROSS 
BOUNDARIES 

As a dance student at VCU, Ray 
Schwartz '92BFA was inspired by 
meetings with Indonesian chore- 
ographers. "I knew I wanted to be 
closer to where they came from," 
he says. "I wanted to study and be 
around their world." 



For dancer Ray Schwartz, boundaries are 
for bounding, and bonding — with Turkish 
mothers, Indonesian choreographers and 
musicians, and other world colleagues. 



Schwartz got a FLAS grant to 
fund a 10-week intensive program 
of Indonesian language studies at 
Cornell, and then a Wodd Study 
Award, funded by the Jackson 
Foundation in Richmond, to travel 
to study contemporary dance and 
politics in Indonesia. For a year, 
Schwartz traveled in Indonesia, 
India, Thailand and Malaysia, meet- 
ing dancers and learning traditional 
and contemporary dance forms. 
He traveled to India with the Sutra 
Dance Company, a contemporary 
and traditional dance company 
based in Malaysia. He learned from 
his friend and Sutra director, Ramli 
Ibrahim, how to translate the in- 
tricately meaningful hand gestures 
called mudras. "In about a month, I 
got to learn what might have taken 
years," Schwartz recalls. "It was an 
incredibly generous time." 

On that trip Schwartz felt "the 
beginning of a global shift in 
myself. I learned that there's a lot 
more to the world than just what I 
or my little bubble of experiences 
had led me to believe, and that art is 
true and real and vital and impor- 
tant everywhere in the world, and 
it doesn't have to look like what I 
think it should look like." 

After graduating from VCU, 
Schwartz dropped his plans to 
pursue a dance career in New 
York. "It became really clear to me 
that everywhere needs artists," he 
explains. He began right here in 
Richmond, working with the Steve's 
House Dance Collective, a commu- 
nity arts group. Later he started The 
Zen Monkey Project, a movement 
arts group in Charlottesville that 
celebrated its tenth anniversary in 
2005. In October 2001, after par- 
ticipating in peace performances in 
New York City following September 
11, Schwartz attempted another trip 
to Indonesia. Balked by political ten- 
sions, he sidestepped to China— "lit- 
erally a wild improvisational whim," 
he admits. From China he went on 
to Thailand to study Thai massage 
and Buddhist meditation. 

Briefly touching base in the 
United States, he was off again to 



SHAFER COURT 10 CONNECTIONS 



Turkey, where he taught western 
modern dance in a conservatory in 
Istanbul for four months. "It's a wild 
time in terms of how art interfaces 
with politics and social culture. 
Dance itself in an Islamic country 
is interesting. The desire to be more 
westernized creates a conflict. Mod- 
ern dance has a more cosmopolitan, 
European perspective." 

Still, dance is a cross-cultural tool. 
"Dance is a vanguard because we're 
dealing with bodies, something 
fundamentally human that you can 
get to when you're not dealing with 
language. The essential corporeality 
of being human either transcends 
boundaries or confronts them in 
fascinating ways." 

He's staying put in Austin while 
completing an MFA in Dance at the 
University of Texas, but "I always 
have travel plans," he laughs. "I 
want to get a t-shirt made that says, 
'Try Real Bravery. Resist National- 
ism.' When you get past national 
boundaries and experience being 
human, that's when you're really 
being brave." 




Raby Savage and her mom, Edith Durst, 
established an international development 
agency focused on employment, affordable 
housing, and children's health. 

AT HOME IN THE WORLD 

Raby Maidah Savage '74BA/H&S 

was born in Niger, West Africa. 
When her biological mother died 
nine days after she was born, Edith 
Durst, a missionary, adopted her. 
Thanks to her mother Edith — who 
had a reputation among Raby's 
Hausa people for speaking their 



language better than they did — 
Savage has been at home in the 
world ever since. 

Savage moved with Durst to the 
United States when she was six, but 
stayed in touch with her family in 
Niger. She began studying French at 
Ashland University in Ohio when 
she was just thirteen to communi- 
cate better with her relatives. She 
later graduated from VCU, and 
atl8 went on to graduate studies in 
French at Yale. 

Music was another love and 
strength, and after a year at Yale, 
she began traveling as a singer and a 
pianist, performing and playing in 
competitions from Paris to Brazil. 
"I was able to use music as a real 
tool for communicating all over 
the world," says Savage. In her 
mid-twenties, she performed in 
the Tchaikovsky competition in 
two categories — voice and piano. 

In fact, her favorite place in the 
world is Moscow, because of one 
special memory. "In 1984, with my 
black skin, with my African garb 
on, I'm walking down the street on 
my way to the music conservatory. 
I'm just walking along and I hear 
the words, 'Dnizhba i mir.' I figure 
out later that it's — 'friendship and 
peace.' As I'm walking there, one of 
the few black people around, I hear 
it over and over again, spoken to me. 
I thought, what a phenomenal way 
to greet a newcomer." 

Currently, home is Los Angeles, 
where Savage is as an officer of 
the Witmer Street Developmental 
Corporation, a family multicul- 
tural, interdenominational non- 
profit founded by a legacy from her 
mother. The organization focuses on 
three major areas. One is healthcare, 
especially for children internation- 
ally. Witmer Street sent a team to 
Indonesia in the aftermath of the 
tsunami. Under infectious disease 
specialist Dr. Moussa Idi, they vac- 
cinated hundreds of children. The 
foundation also sent a rescue team 
to New Orleans after Katrina, where 
they spent two weeks in a boat tak- 
ing survivors from flooded homes. 
Now, Witmer Street is providing 



tuition and housing so that one 
of them can continue her nursing 
education in Los Angeles. 

Witmer Street also does corporate 
staffing, including helping at-risk 
youth develop office skills and find 
jobs. The corporation works to 
expand affordable housing in Los 
Angeles — helping others to make a 
home in the world. 

Clearly, Raby Savage herself is a 
key aspect of Edith Durst's legacy. 
"I think it's important to influence 
the world in a positive way," Savage 
says. "The way to do that is to have 
people trust you. Language, respect, 
and communication are key." 




These teenagers and the rebuilt bridge behind 
them are the hyphen and the hope of Muslim- 
Catholic Mostar, site of some of the most vicious 
destruction during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. 

BRIDGING MOSTAR 

The bloodiest battles of the war in 
Bosnia-Herzegovina were fought in 
the small city of Mostar. Ancient 
ethnic hatreds and horrific violence 
divided the city in half, with Croat 
Catholics on one side and Muslims 
on the other. The ultimate cut 
was the destruction of the Mostar 
pedestrian bridge, a five-century- 
old symbol of unity, and Mostar 
was the last city to sign the Dayton 
Peace Accords. 

Carol Negus '63BFA visited 
Mostar for the first time in 1995. 
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America's First Freedom, she had 
been working for years to promote 
religious freedom. When Council 
members chose Ambassador Richard 
Holbrooke, chief negotiator of the 
Dayton Peace Accords and U.S. Am- 
bassador to the United Nations, as 
their first national honoree, Negus 
was encouraged to take the Council's 
message of tolerance and under- 
standing to the war torn country. 

"I've always been a risk-taker," 
she says. In the summer of 2001 
she brought together fifteen stu- 
dents from the two sides of Mostar, 
including the mayor's daughter. 
The second year was even more 
successful, and five of the students 
were brought back to visit Virginia 
and see how democracy can exist 
in an environment of religious and 
ethnic tolerance. 

Negus left the Council and 
founded Bridging Boundaries Inter- 
national (BBl) in 2002. BBl brings 
together Croat and Muslim students 
in Bosnia-Herzegovina to develop 
mutual respect and leadership skills, 
as well as reaching out to American 
youth through a Sister Schools pro- 
gram in Richmond. 



In 2004, Negus took a Richmond 
student to witness the rededica- 
tion of the Mostar Bridge, restored 
through a $15 million international 
effort. In 2005, the BBl summer 
program was "rebirthed" in the city, 
bringing together eight Muslim 
and eight Croatian students with 
a historian and facilitators to learn 
the history of both cultures. One 
Richmond student and parent will 
join the group for a week. For 2006, 
Negus hopes to double the size of 
the summer program and send five 
Richmond students to participate. 

"I've always admired and fol- 
lowed people who are out there 
doing things and clearly making 
a difference," says Negus, and the 
impact of her work on a new genera- 
tion is unmistakable. 

Selma Boskailo, a 16-year-old 
Muslim Bosniak, says, "This pro- 
gram...helped me to discover a new 
way of thinking. I learned that in 
life there is so much complicated 
situations that I have to deal with, 
and I always have to find a way to 
handle them, and learn something 
from it. And 1 also learned that we 
all have different opinions that we 



should respect." Eighteen-year-old 
Vedrana Kolenda, a Catholic Croat, 
realized "that people from the other 
side had the same experiences as I 
did and that they were hurt, too. 
I think I respect others more than 
I did before." 

Two of the first five Bosnian stu- 
dents who came to the United States 
with BBl, a Croat and a Muslim, are 
now roommates at the University of 
Sarajevo. "They didn't even know 
each other before," Negus says. 

Negus also supports young VCU 
students as a member of the VCU 
Alumni Association Board. As a 
veteran risk-taker, she has been de- 
lighted to watch VCU's recent devel- 
opment. "To have seen this school 
grow in the way it has gives me an 
enormous sense of pride, vitality, 
freshness and newness." 

The optimism of these alumni and 
others brings hope and freshness to 
a tired world. 

Joriel Foltz writes frequently for Shafer 
Court Connections. She now lives 
in Seattle. 



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wanted a fresh perspective, and 
felt that living in another culture 
would do that. She wanted a semes- 
ter abroad; but like most U.S. stu- 
dents, she couldn't afford to lose credits 
in her major or delay graduation. She 
needed a program that met her lab require- 
ments for forensic science. Fortunately for An- 
derson, VCU's global network in the 21st century 
offers a lot more than the old school ties. Through 
personal relationships of VCU faculty with colleagues 
in Russia, Australia, China and Peru; international pro- 
grams like the Fulbright; and University Wide Agreements with 
schools and centers abroad, VCU is definitely well-connected. 

VCU's School of the Arts has es- 
tablished an entire school of design 
and fashion in Doha, Qatar, funded 
by the emir's Foundation. A growing 
number of international students, 
a new School of World Studies, and 
burgeoning international film festi- 
vals bring the worid to campus and 
to Richmond. Our students, scholars 
and artists connect with colleagues 
in Europe, Asia, South America and 
the Middle East. 

"In the past, study abroad was 
student-driven," explains Dr. Peter 
Kirkpatrick, executive director of 
VCU's Office of International Educa- 
tion (OIE). A student who wanted 
to study in Italy, say, would meet 
with an advisor to find a school 
that shared a consortium agree- 
ment with VCU, or an international 
program. Later, a VCU international 
credential evaluator scrutinized the 
foreign transcript to see what credits 
"might — or might not — transfer. 





Early (1989) international collaborators, 
PhD candidate Ruth Tyler-Cross '91PhD/M 
and UWE exchange student Ashley Birkett 
'94PhD/M, prepare samples for experiments 
for Ashley's research at VCU. 



Anderson was just in time to benefit 
from a new program at the Univer- 
sity of West England (UWE) in Bris- 
tol — ^VCU's first semester abroad in the 
sciences. UWE science students have 
been coming to VCU for laboratory re- 
search experiences for 20 years — some 
of them returning to VCU for graduate 
degrees. In spring 2005, "we finally 
closed the loop to have a true recipro- 
cal exchange," says program coordina- 
tor. Dr. Jan Chlebowski, associate dean 
for graduate education in the School 
of Medicine. 

"The program with the UWE is geared towards chemistry, biology and 
forensic science," Anderson explains, "and it offered classes that fulfilled 
requirements for my forensics degree." 

Bethany Guckert also chose UWE because her VCU professors and the 
Forensic Science Service praised its program. "About 60 percent of my 
course work there was in the lab; and when you're looking to go into an 
applied science field nothing is more delightful than getting your hands 
dirty," she confides. 

UWE's students come to VCU for practical experience. In 1999, undergrad 
Heidi Sankala came to VCU to do basic research. "1 hadn't worked in an aca- 
demic setting before," and Dr. Steven Grant's lab in the Division of Hematol- 
ogy/Oncology in Internal Medicine was a neat fit. "The leukemia lab made 
me decide what 1 wanted to do with my life." 



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"Jan Chlebowski is proactive," comments Kirkpatrick, and when 
Chlebowski saw the enthusiasm of UWE students he took it further. UWE 
students enrolled this fall in a developing dual VCU/UWE graduate 
degree program. 

Several UWE students had already returned. Sankala came back in 2002 
to earn her Ph.D. in biochemistry. She's working under department chair Dr, 
Sarah Spiegel, doing cancer research on lipids and signaling. 

VCU-UWE models a new strategy for developing international programs. 
"This is the direction we want for our international programs," says Kirkpat- 
rick. VCU targets universities with similar programs for long term, in-depth 
relationships. The partnerships provide avenues for student and faculty 
exchanges and special projects. Both universities develop courses to meet 
exchange students' credit requirements. 

This kind of exchange is definitely a labor-intensive proposition. 
Chlebowski explains, "It is relatively difficult to align our format in the 
sciences with any system used in other parts of the world. Grading schemes 
were very different, and it took a lot of give and take between faculties in 
both our institutions." 

Jennifer Ludovici, director of Study Abroad at the OIE says, "These ex- 
changes usually start with a faculty 




The China Trade 



member like Chlebowski, who 
already has a working relationship 
with a colleague at a foreign univer- 
sity." The OIE helps work out further 
logistics, a process that can take 
years. In a direct University Wide 
Exchange, students pay tuition to 
their home universities, so their for- 
eign tuition is covered by a student 
visiting their school. 

Besides UWE, VCU has set up 
University Wide Exchanges in 
studio arts and in writing with 
Glasgow School of Art in Scotland 
and in business with FHS Kufstein 
Tirol in Austria. An exchange in 
fashion merchandising at the Uni- 
versity of Westminster in England 
begins this spring. 



More comprehensive. Overarching 
Collaborative Agreements are being 
set up with Fudan University in 
Shanghai, China and the Univer- 
sity of Messina in Italy. Fudan and 
VCU are establishing exchange and 
residency programs for students and faculty in Chinese and English lan- 
guages, history, and area studies. The program kicked off last summer and 
expanded to a semester-long exchange this spring. Plans are well underway 
for summer 2006. 

Last summer, 27 Fudan students and their teacher came to Richmond 
for a month; 14 VCU students traveled in China with VCU history professor 
Dr. John Herman. 

Fudan students had a battery of classes on campus on American history, 
politics, economics and culture. Most of the eager students were fluent in 
English, and everyone got better at it. (Films in English were a popular way 
to learn; one student credits her idiomatic American speech to memorizing 
large sections of Legally Blonde.) 

They toured Virginia historic sites and visited Washington, DC and New 
York City. Several students were especially glad to visit Shirley Plantation. 
They had seen Gone with the Wind and wanted to know more about slavery 
and current race relations in the U.S. 

On campus, they said, "Your library is fantastic! We like your tea room 
(the Java Cafe), the small rooms to conduct discussions," and research re- 
sources. "The professors, they added. 



Fudan University students try American chillin' on the James. Time travel to the roots 
of American democracy in Williamsburg, above. 




"not only treat us as students, but 
also as friends." 

Off campus, they found that 
the U.S. was not quite like Ameri- 
can movies and TV. "In my origi- 
nal mind," said one student, "we 
thought that family was not so 
important to young people here. But 
I was surprised to see so many fami- 
lies out together for entertainment." 

At Family Night, sharing a din- 
ner in American homes, "We feel 
a great warm here." One student 
made brownies. At another home, 
"the husband was a lawyer. He 
started asking us questions right ■ 
away, about Taiwan and Tibet. We 
said Tibet has always been part of 



China, so China did not invade 
Tibet. A very severe debate, I think. 
But I think we won," she concluded. 
"We invited them to come to China 
and see our democracy for them- 
selves." Meeting and talking with 
an American family, said another 
student, "lets me think in a new 
way, a Western way." 

In some ways they were not so 
different from American under- 
graduates. Lamenting the difficulties 
finding free time transportation, a 
student wrote, "NO CARS...rm so 
depressed with no car." 



Mediterranean Studies 

VCU's School of Worid Studies calls itself "Your Springboard to the World," 
and it dives right into the Mediterranean Sea to lead the biggest interna- 
tional agreement yet. The Center for Integrated Mediterranean Studies, 
co-founded with the Universities of Messina, Italy and Cordoba, Spain, will 
make a sizeable splash. The final agreement was signed in October, and 
"we'll have an undergraduate Mediterranean Studies major up and running 
by next year," says World Studies director. Dr. McKenna Brown. 

Located in Messina, the Center will foster student and faculty exchanges, 
joint workshops and courses, scientific and scholarly collaborations, and 
multinational grant development. Students can choose from a wide range 
of studies including environmental and estuary science, biomedical studies, 
bioethics, human health, health-care delivery, food and analytical sciences, 
economics, social and political studies, arts and humanities. A major goal is 



improving health and economic conditions, both in the home countries of 
the three universities and elsewhere in the world. VCU's School of the Arts 
in Qatar adds middle-eastern studies in Islamic Art. 

"This Center is an example of what we want — reaching deep into the 
universities and leading to joint degree programs in many subject areas," 
Kirkpatrick comments enthusiastically. In October, Center partners met in 
Messina to prepare for a VCU School of Worid Studies conference in 2006. 



Educating Global Citizens 

Thanks to the School of Worid Studies, VCU students get an international 
perspective even before leaving campus. In 2002, VCU concentrated faculty 
and departments of anthropology, languages, geography, international stud- 
ies and religious studies to form a School that could offer interdisciplinary 
undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students get the language skills, cul- 
tural and political knowledge, and practical experience to thrive in today's 
interdependent global environment — and the awareness to make it better. 

Brown explains, "We give students exposure to some of the big global 
issues right now — health, social justice, immigration and identity. Once they 
can analyze some of these problems, then they can start thinking about 
possible solutions." 

"Beyond our own school, we are 
enriching the curriculum through- 
out the University," he continues. 
"Professionals are finding that they 
need not only technical computer 
skills or medical expertise, they 
need the understanding that social 
studies, sciences and the humanities 
can provide. The Health in Global 
Perspective program is designed for 
pre-med students. We will teach 
Spanish language and cultural com- 
petency to students in the School of 
Nursing. We hope to have a center 
for cultural competency serving 
health, education, law enforcement 
and other professionals inside and 
outside VCU." 

, The International Social Justice 
Studies program, developed with 
the School of Social Work, combines 




Future Global Leaders meet in Dubai. 



courses in language, culture and 
social work. Human Rights in Lit- 
erature is a new course this fall. The 
Certificate of International Man- 
agement Studies with the School 
of Business includes international 
management, foreign languages and 
European studies. 

The School encourages inter- 
national recruiting and sponsors 
world-focused activities like "Cross- 
ing Boundaries." Sponsored with the 
VCU's Honors Program and sup- 
ported by a National Endowment 
for Humanities grant, "Crossing 
Boundaries" was a series of lectures, 
events and films in 2004. Provoca- 
tive speakers Hans Blix, former chief 
U.N. weapons inspector and Oscar 
Arias, former President of Costa 
Rica, and 1987 Nobel Peace Laureate 
challenged and informed not only 
students, but the VCU and Rich- 
mond area community. World Stud- 
ies chose Blix and Arias to receive its 
Global Citizen Award in 2004 and 
2005. 

Jaime Bennett (photo, second 
from right) is a social work major 



concentrating on International Social 
Justice Studies, with a focus on the Middle East. She lived and studied in 
Jordan, Yemen and Lebanon for two years before coming to VCU. She spent 
her 2005 Spring Break with 1,000 participants from 36 nations at a confer- 
ence on "Women as Global Leaders" in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. "Rather 
than injecting Western notions of feminism into other cultures," she says, 
"we have to support women in creating an understanding of feminism from 
their own contexts." Bennett has also organized two Arabic Film Festivals 
at VCU, to break stereotypes and show the variety of Middle Eastern cul- 
tures. "There is much more than what you see in the news." VCU's Office of 
Multicultural Affairs, VCU Dining Services and Aramark have recognized her 
leadership in diversity with a scholarship. 

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Universal Pictures 



Young Jules Sitruk (above) and Thierry 
Lhermitte, "the George Clooney of 
France," field questions from fans. 



Movies are, in fact, a universal language, eas- 
ily leaping cultural divides. In the past two 
years VCU has held mini-festivals of Arab, 
Latin American and Chinese films — and a fes- 
tival of films made by international students. 

The grand-mere of them all is the VCU 
French Film Festival at the Byrd Theater, a 
spring tradition for VCU, for Richmond, et 
pour la France. VCU's French Film Festival is 
the largest in the United States, and in 2004 
the French government knighted festival 
founders and directors. Dr. Peter Kirkpatrick 
and Dr. Frangoise Ravaux-Kirkpatrick, for 
their contributions to French arts and letters. 
France lately came to Richmond March 31- 
April 2, 2006. 

"We have shown that Americans really do 
enjoy French films," says Kirkpatrick. "Each 
year the festival expands." A record 17,500 
attended last year, when for the first time Festival passes sold out. At the 
Cannes Film Festival, VCU organizers used to have to track down the direc- 
tors, producers and actors of intriguing films; last summer the French came 
looking for them. 

This year thirty directors, producers and actors presented their films to 
overflow audiences of Francophiles and film buffs, French students and 
teachers, and novices seeing their first French film. True cineastes make it a 
point of honor to see every film, installed in their seats and well provisioned, 
early (8 a.m.) and late, from Friday afternoon to Sunday. 

Five features were North American premieres, and many films will not 
be released in the U.S., even on DVD or video. Films come not only from 
France but from other French-speaking countries. 

French visitors have included stars Thierry Lhermitte and Philippe 
Torreton. "He is the chou-choit," Kirkpatrick told Daniel Neman of the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch. "Wine and Philippe Torreton — those are the 
two hot items in France." This year film students could learn from 
master directors Pierre-William Glenn and Bertrand Tavernier, leader 
of the French delegation. 

Post-screening Q & A is rfe rigeiit Some questions flow confidently in 
impeccable French. More often, both Q & A stumble forth in a charming 
melange of Frenglish, with Kirkpatrick translating as needed. At the festival, 
love of le cinema trumps exactness of phrase. 

Some questions are political. "Is there still exploitation 
of natural gas along the Mediterranean Coast?" someone 
asked Abdelkim Bahloul, Algerian director of Le Soleil 
Assassine. Or playful. "Do you like older women?" to 
15-year-old Jules Sitruk, who played a boy with a fraught 
relationship with his mother in Vipere au Poing. Already 
a diplomat, the young actor replied, "J'aime les femmes de 
tout age." ("I like women of any age.") 

VCU's Festival also has an academic side. High school 
French teachers can earn continuing education credits, 
and World Studies now has a French and Film Studies ma- 
jor. Droves of student interns from VCU and France help 
run the festival. They practice their French or English, 
meet and talk with producers and directors, and polish 
organizational skills or perish, www.frenchfihn.vcu.edu 



Platinum Partnership 

Formal international exchanges link 
VCU to the world. Still, shifts in 
global aw^areness often happen almost 
imperceptibly, in small studios, 
lab groups, or one-to-one as visi- 
tors from other countries teach and 
learn through daily interactions on 
campus. VCU's faculty has myriad 
collaborations with colleagues, also 
facilitated by the OIE. 

Dr. Nick Farrell, VCU professor of 
inorganic chemistry, met Dr. Susan 
Berners-Price, chair of biological 
chemistry at the University of West- 
ern Australia at a conference. In 1997, 
they began an important internation- 
al collaboration. "We make anti-can- 
cer drugs and understand the basic 
chemistry of them," Farrell says. 

"Professor Nick Farrell is currently 
doing amongst the best work in the 
world in the field of platinum antican- 
cer drugs. He has developed a series of 
novel multinuclear platinum drugs, 
one of which has reached Phase 2 
clinical trials," says Berners-Price. 
Her Australian lab "uses techniques 
based on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 
(NMR) spectroscopy to investigate 
how these compounds interact with 
DNA and other molecules." 

The collaboration has generated 
several major publications in leading 
international journals and attracted 
research funding from the Australian 
Research Council and the National 
Institutes of Health. "We submit joint 
research proposals," says Farrell. "We 
ask for stipends for graduate students 




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Team UWA: Australians Dr. Sue Berners-Price, 
Joe Moniodis, and Canadian Don Thomas (front 
to back). 



Team VCU: Qin Liu, China; Atilio Anzellotti, Venezu 
ela; Dr Nicholas Farrell Ireland-US; Ralph Kipping, 

Germany; and Dr. Genevieve Bulluss, Australia. other than NMR spec- 

troscopy to study the interaction of drugs with DNA. She observes, "The 
exchange is extremely important in transferring knowledge and skills and 
providing the students with broader experience than they would gain in 
their home institutions. They develop networks that are helpful to them in 
their future careers." 

Farrell knows the value of a wide 
network. Born in Ireland, he lived 
in Brazil from 1977 to 1984, and 
now travels broadly. "My group has 
graduate students and postdoctoral 
fellows from China, Venezuela, Ja- 
maica, Australia, Iran, Germany and 
Spain." He recently organized an in- 
ternational conference on research 
in platinum drugs, and has pub- 
lished a new textbook on platinum 
compounds in anti-cancer agents. 
He received one of VCU's highest 
faculty honors, the Distinguished 
Scholarship Award, in 2003. 

"Attending conferences and 
lecturing around the world is a good 
way to widen the student profile," 
says Farrell, adding that working 
with students from other countries 
broadens his knowledge base. 

Atilio Anzellotti heard Farrell 
lecture in Venezuela and resolved to 
come to VCU for a Ph.D. in chemis- 
try. "1 liked his line of research very 
much." The multicultural atmo- 
sphere in the lab is "interesting and 
rich both personally and profession- 
ally, and VCU is receptive to foreign 
students." 

In June, Farrell took foreign 
workers Dr. Yun Qu, Anzellotti, Dr. 
Qin Liu and Dr. Gen Bulluss from 
his lab to Japan. They attended a 
combined meeting of the Japan 
Society for Promotion of Science 
USPS) and The National Cancer 
Institute (NCI) as part of a project 
Farrell has with Japan. 



and postdoctoral fellows to go back and forth as part of our inter- 
national collaboration." 

Five VCU students have gone to Perth to work with Berners-Price 
and learn that side of the project. "The NMR techniques that we 
use are very specialized. In particular the interpretation of the data 
is very complicated and requires a great deal of experience that has 
been developed in my lab over a number of years," she explains. 

Aussie Ph.D. candidate Joe Moniodis has visited Farrell's lab 
twice. "I am part of the exchange of expertise," Moniodis explains. 
"E-mails and calls aren't enough. Exchanges allow researchers to 
help each other in person." 

Four of Berners-Price's students have come to VCU to become 
skilled in the synthesis of the platinum drugs or to learn methods 

Art without Borders 

Artists are used to transcending 
boundaries — in a sense, that's what 
they do, borrowing from other me- 
dia, other artists, and other cultures 
to make something new. Even the 
name of VCU's Department of Sculp- 
ture and Extended Media recognizes 
that fact of contemporary art. A 
shrinking world just makes it easier. 
In three months as a visiting re- 
search artist in VCU's Craft/Materi- 
als Department, Japanese glass artist 
Kazue Taguchi transformed her view 
of contemporary art. In Spain where 
she had studied for seven years, the 
material comes first. "In the VCU 
studio, they use glass as part of their 
art," Taguchi says. "The concept comes before the materials." 

But Taguchi's transformation didn't stop there. VCU's visiting artist 
programs were a revelation. "In this academic environment, we can meet 
interesting artists from everywhere in the States and sometimes from Europe 
and hear them live." Daily interactions with VCU's talented students and 
professors "keeps my work fresh." 

German installation artist Katharina Grosse has shown her work in 
Australia, Korea, and Los Angeles. Using spray guns, air compressors and 
paint, Grosse creates monumental site-specific paintings directly on gal- 
lery walls, ceiling, and floor. Intense colors form lyrical stretches of drifting 
and colliding expressionist clouds, both dematerializing and restructuring 
architectural space. 

When VCU brought her to campus for a week last April, Grosse created 
an installation at VCU's gallery Solvent Space south of the James River. 
The old industrial building was "the roughest space I have been in so far 
in terms of its former use being so present . . . and it took a lot of energy to 
transform." Grosse found that students and faculty at VCU "are genuinely 
curious about how you develop your work." 

Korean Ji-Wanjoo teaches Korean Ceramics. Although "many Ameri- 
cans do ceramics using Japanese techniques, Korean techniques are new to 
them." When Joo teaches the history of ceramics, which spread from China 
to Korea 5000 years ago, "1 introduce Korean culture. 1 show Korean movies 
and other cultural images during classes." 

Her American students, Joo finds, "are more creative in their art and they 
freely adopt other countries' cultures into their work. They may use the 
Korean technique, but their expressions are unique." ^ 



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Global Networks, Global Brand 

"Global" has become an essential adjective for business, and the School of 
Business has several programs at all levels to sharpen global management 
and marketing skills. Last March, VCU's International Business Forum 
discussed the theme "Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century: 
Keys to Global Economic and Social Development." The Fast Track Executive 
MBA Program has included a global component since its beginning in 1996. 
{See World Class, page 26) The School began an undergraduate Global Scholar 
program this fall. 

The International Business Certificate Program (IBCP) teaches business 
executives, managers and advanced students to maneuver at top form in 
the 21st century's global economy. The class meets each week at a differ- 
ent Richmond firm or agency doing global business, usually with the CEO 
or COO— from the Port of Richmond to Philip Morris. "Students get a full 
perspective — insurance, banking, investments, homeland security, and 
legal issues," says program director Dr. Van Wood, Philip Morris Chair in 
International Business. 



East. Wood is contacting American 
companies in Egypt to sponsor 
promising employees. "American 
companies there would much rather 
have Egyptians in management 
positions than Americans," says 
VCU Economics professor, Dr. Den- 
nis O'Toole. To be successful, these 
executives need training in Ameri- 
can business. 

The new program is module- 
based. "Classes will not be broken 
down into Accounting, Finance, and 
Marketing," explains Wood, "There 
will be integration across seven 
modules. In the Global Challenges 
module, students would examine 



"To succeed in business you 
need to be aware of what's around 
you," comments Ahmed Makhani 
'04MBA. "Today that means what's 
around the world. You learn in the 
IBCP, for instance, that a product 
may be irrelevant in one country 
and extremely important in an- 
other." Makhani came to VCU from 
India for an MBA in marketing, with 
a focus on technology. Meeting 
Tredegar Film Products CEO John 
Gottwald in the IBCP led to his job 
as business innovation manager and 
marketing analyst at Tredegar. 

Wood aims to take VCU business 
education global. Supported by a 
Fulbright grant, he is developing an 
Executive MBA with Middle East- 
ern partners at Helwan University 
(HU)-Faculty of Commerce and 
Business Administration in Cairo. 
The program will train future busi- 
ness leaders for Egypt and the Gulf 
States in global business subjects, 
integrated across seven defining 
themes for contemporary business. 
VCU and HU faculty members made 
intensive visits to each other's cam- 
puses preparing for the program's 
launch. Executives and managers in 
the EMBA Program will spend time 
on campus at VCU and earn two de- 
grees, one from VCU and one from 
HU. The partnership will expand 
global reputations and presence for 
both VCU and HU. 

The Executive MBA will begin 
this summer in Cairo, with 25 to 30 
students from Egypt and the Middle 



what role disciplines such as market- 
ing, human resources management, information systems, finance and 
others play in building global supply changes, or global brand names." 

HU economics professor Dr. All Youssef visited VCU in June. He at- 
tended Fast Track MBA classes and talked with students and professors to 
decide how to translate the American program into a format that speaks to 
Egyptians. "Egyptian students are used to lectures without PowerPoint or 
simulations," says O'Toole who spoke with Youssef. Helwan professors of 
accounting, economics, and marketing may team teach with VCU faculty to 
find "best practices" in both teaching styles. 

Wood travels widely and envisions future VCU branches in China, India 
and Eastern Europe. "Like many of my colleagues, I would like to see the 
VCU further internationalized and its name and logo recognized, through 
strategically-placed programs around the world." www.embaincairo@vcu.edu 

Double Take 

VCUarts students are also pushing the VCU brand and earning an inter- 
national rep. "It's pretty amazing how VCU helps art students get a start," 
comments Sarah Bednarek '05MFA in Sculpture and Extended Media. She 
has exhibited twice in a London gallery thanks to VCU travel grants. 

In June 2004 when VCU sculpture graduate students exhibited at the 
Keith Talent gallery in London, co-owners Andrew Clarkin and Simon 
Piptuck first took note of Bednarek's work. Then VCU invited the young East 
End gallery owners to speak in Richmond. Visiting graduate studios, Clarkin 
and Piptuck came upon Bednarek's "Ideologues"— photographic portraits 
of a variously bearded Bednarek impersonating a gallery of dictators. "They 
thought it was hilarious," she says. "They were really interested in the hand- 
made beards— it was detailed women's work in contrast with the influence of 
male dictators." In fact, the Brits enjoyed the work so much they put the piece 
on the front and back cover of the gallery's magazine, Miser and Now, and 
invited her to show a piece in their February three-artist show. Pork Barrel. 

Bednarek took "Comforting Words," another piece about the dissemina- 
tion of ideas, to London. "I couldn't have done it without the travel grant 
from the sculpture department," she admits. "I could have mailed the disas- 
sembled work [a lectern swathed in old-lady-style sweaters]; but the gallery 
wouldn't have known how to put it back together." 

At the Pork Barrel opening, the "bearded lady" was a sensation with art 
patrons. "Seeing the bearded ideologues on the magazine cover and then me 
at the gallery, people had to come up to talk about my work," Bednarek grins. 



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VCUArts-Qatar— Global by Design 

The university's most remarkable international footprint is VCU's School of 
the Arts in Qatar [Kagh-tar]. Funded by the Qatar Foundation for Education, 
Science and Community Development since 1998, the School offers women 
Bachelors of Fine Arts degrees in Communication Arts, Fashion Design, and 
Interior Design. 

Looking ahead to the end of oil reserves, the Emir of Qatar knew his 
people would need training in professions. He invited foreign universities to 
open branches in their areas of specialty to educate students from Qatar and 
the region. Education City in Doha includes schools like Texas A&M, Weill 
Cornell Medical College, and VCU's School of the Arts. 

John DeMao, VCUArts associate dean for VCUArts-Qatar, explains, 
"Initially, the Emir and Her Highness were interested in programs that could 
be made available to their native women for whom it was difficult to study 
abroad" because of cultural constraints. Although tailored to Arab cul- 
tural traditions, the school attracts 
women from many nations. Its 
fourth class graduated last June, and 
current enrollment is 181. 

Fashion design is popular with 
Qatari students, who learn both 
technique and theory. Experimental 
designs by their Richmond counter- 
parts have inspired VCUQ students 
to translate modern design concepts 
to traditional clothing. Even the 
full-length black abaya "is becom- 
ing a more decorated garment, a real 
fashion statement," comments Dr. 
Richard Toscan, dean of VCU School 
of the Arts. 

Qatar itself is a cosmopolitan 
place, sharing its Connecticut-sized 
country with ex-patriots from the 
'U.S., Canada and East Asia; and 
attitudes are shifting. In a Richmond 
Times-Dispatch story in March, Dean 
Richard Toscan and VCUArts-Qatar 



Incorporating traditional elements in mod- 
ern ways is a design challenge. "The past 
and future, East and West are starting to 
blend," says student Nayla Al-Mulla. 

Founding Director Paul Petrie noted 
that faculty and administrators 
value most the changes they see in 
their young women students. Stu- 
dents who first came to school with 
maids to carry their books learn not 
only design, but initiative. For the 
first time, something in their lives is 
urgent. They take hold of the work, 
and take off. Toscan notices, "Even 
f\ -y^^^ _, JSviM the fathers of these students talk to 

vjit^- ^^k,_^^^^^^gSBmM rne about seeing this amazing devel- 

I m\ ffilSIHH^^^^H opment of confidence and assertive- 

ness in their daughters." 

Putting an official stamp on this 
growth, the U.S. Department of 
State chose a VCUQ design student 
to participate in the Middle East 
Partnership Initiative Study at the 
U.S. Institute for Student Leaders. 

Attitudes will expand even more 
in the next two years, DeMao says, 
when "we will build facilities for 
male students and initiate our 
co-ed programs." 

Some Qatari students have come 
to the Richmond campus for classes, 
and the formal exchange program 
began this fall with a student from 
each campus. 

"Our goal is to increase the num- 
ber of students electing to continue 

their studies in Richmond," says Dr. Charles Bleick, VCUQ's associate dean 

for Academic Affairs, noting 

that "for many married students 

with children, VCUQ is the only 

option they will have to receive 

the highly specialized degree in 

design." 

Bleick continues, "In Qatar, 

we work very closely with our 

alumnae to help prepare them 

for the world of work." VCUQ 

contracted with London-based 

Fitch International, a multi- 
national branding firm, to hire 

alumnae for their new Doha 

branch studio. "VCUQ alumnae 

have been involved in designing 

logos for Doha taxis, a set design for a BBC debate series, and preliminary 

work for the 2006 Asian Games," says Bleick. This year, VCUQ launched the 

Center for Research in Design to develop research projects and to mentor 

Qatar alumnae, (continued on page 44) 




Young women at VCUArts-Qatar are absorbed 
and energized by their studies in design theory 
and practice — even the black abaya can be- 
come a fashion statement. 



SPRING 19 2006 




BY MEG MEDINA 



lashing a brilliant smile and jubilantly waving a Kuwaiti flag, 
Loulwah Khaled Al-Jaber '05DDS graduated from VCU's School 
of Dentistry in May. Thanks to her VCU and U.S. experience, she 
had much more than her degree to celebrate. She had already achieved • 
her number one goal, campaigning successfully among young Kuwaitis j 

to provide women the right to vote j 

for the first time in 2007. 

self. In some w 





Fair Trade 

t's a fair trade. Khaled Al-Jaber and more 
than half a million international students 
like her have a huge positive impact on U.S. 
universities and the U.S. economy. These 
students, often the world's academic and socio- 
political elite, bring the world to campus; and they give 
American colleges a higher international profile. In 
Virginia alone, in 2004 more than 12,875 internationals 
enrolled with student visas (data from the Institute of 
International Education). The Open Doors Report 2003 
noted an economic impact in Virginia alone at more 
than $250.8 million. 



/s, I think I was really born here." 



Loulwah Khaled Al-Jaber '05DDS 



Al-Jaber's father is a diplomat, and she 
had already taken a leadership role 
among young Kuv\^aitis during her seven 
years at VCU. An active member of the 
National Union of Kuwaiti Students in 
the U.S., Al-Jaber led the culture commit- 
tee and vs^as head editor of the Union's 
tvs^ice-monthly on-line magazine. She 
v^rote many columns on w^omen's issues, 
exploring new possibilities and lobbying 
for the vote for women. 

At the realization of going home for 
good, "I'm freaking out," she said in 
precise American. "1 wouldn't have ex- 
perienced this part of myself in Kuwait. 
Being involved politically for the first 
time, learning to have courage to change 
things and to have independence, learn- 
ing about politics in the US. I've discov- 
ered so much about myself. In some 
ways, I think I was really born here." 



And there is the positive educational impact of meet- 
ing worid neighbors here on campus. Isabella Magetse 
'OOMEd of Botswana notes, "The University, in my view, 
benefits as it is also enriched by experiences from other 
countries. Those of us from developing countries learn 
a lot about countries of the world in our history and ge- 
ography lessons, so 1 was surprised that most Americans 
I met with did not know a thing about Botswana. Their 
view of Africa is wild animals and its inhabitants living 
in the wild. They were always surprised by my ability to 
speak English. 1 believe our study there opened the eyes 
of many." 

"The United States is still the number one destination 
for education in the world. It is considered the premier 
post-graduate environment," explains Bob Wood, VCU 
international student recruiter. "Many factors apply: 
first, the high quality of the education here. But it is also 
the image of the U.S. Hollywood comes into this. The 
wealth of our country plays into it. These students are 
very eager to come." 

At a time when other U.S. schools saw a drop in 
international enrollment because of more stringent 
regulations after the September 11 attacks, VCU — thanks 
to aggressive recruitment and enthusiastic promotion 
from alumni returning home — has seen more than a 
70 percent increase. In spring 2006, VCU has 1,000 
international students, and aims to double that. 

Wood takes VCU to international students, selling 
its close proximity to Washington, DC, its nationally 
ranked programs, and its affordability to some of the 
brightest students the globe has to offer. "I'll leave in 
September and get back a month later," Wood said last 
summer. "I'll visit twenty different countries and cities. 




starting with Tai-pei, Taiwan. I'll visit public and private 
schools in each country and then 1 — along with 20 or 30 
other recruiters from different universities — will attend 
heavily promoted educational fairs in hotel ballrooms. 
I'll bring in 100 pounds of VCU brochures and start 
talking. I've seen as many as 4,000 kids in a three-hour 
period," he says. "And that was in Lima, Peru!" 

Reflecting national trends, VCU draws most of its 
international students from India, China and Korea. 
Although Kuwait's numbers have declined nationally be- 
cause of registration and visa hurdles, VCU's 69 Kuwaiti 
students still represented the fourth largest group on 
campus in Spring 2005. A new factor is an announce- 
ment last summer by the government of Saudi Arabia 
of 5,000 scholarships for study in the U.S. This spring, 
VCU welcomed 83 Saudis, many with families, joining 
35 already here. 

Getting from There 
to Here 

till, it's never desire alone that determines 
whether students can pursue degrees in the 
U.S. A brew of politics, economics, personal sacri- 
fice and gut feeling must support a student's interest 
in academic opportunity. Student visas are highly 
regulated, and all students must agree to return home 
after their studies. The availability of visas varies 
widely among countries, with some students facing a 

90 percent visa rejec- 
tion rate because the 
U.S. government feels 
they would not will- 
ingly return home after 
finishing their degrees. 
Unless they are ath- 
letes, international un- 
dergraduates don't quali- 
fy for the financial aid 
that is a crucial piece of 
higher education fund- 
ing for most Americans. 
Without Pell grants or 
student loans, these 
students must pay all of 
their own out-of-state 
tuition. So their families 
or governments pay. 
Kuwaiti students enjoy 
full tuition scholarships 
from their government, 
provided they pursue 
professions needed in their country. Thailand's govern- 
ment funds Royal Scholars like Dr. Kanokwan "Apple" 
Kittiniyom '02PhD/M, now on the medical faculty at 
Mahidol University in Bangkok. 

There are more financial options at the graduate level. 
VCU can bring the brightest international students in 




VCU arranged an internship at Wyeth 
Pharmaceuticals for Xiangrong Kong, 
a PhD candidate in biostatistics. Her 
mentor in China was former VCU biol- 
ogy professor, Dr. Rhoda Perozzi. 




In international photojournalist Maria Monatealegre's "Quinceafiera," 
a young Latina in Richmond marks her womanhood with friends in the 
traditional 15th birthday celebration. 

the sciences to study and work as lab assistants. Xian- 
grong "Talaci" Kong, a PhD candidate in Integrative 
Life Sciences, receives tuition and a living stipend as a 
graduate research assistant. After applying to universities 
in Canada as well, Kong chose VCU. 

In her field of biostatistics, "in China, we are doing 
the theoretical part. I'm more interested in how theories 
are applied." VCU researchers are involved in several 
practical projects, and the Biostatistics Department was 
able to arrange an internship at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals 
in Richmond that will give her the experience she wants 
badly enough to endure the separation from her hus- 
band and family in Beijing. 

Kong also had a personal link to VCU. Her mentor at 
Beijing University of Technology, Dr. Rhoda Perozzi, had 
left VCU's biology faculty to teach in China. "I know 
her very well," says Kong. "I thought if I came to here, it 
would be easier to know friends through her, and the life 
here might be easier." 

"Talaci was a student in my first Oral English for 
Master's class," recalls Perozzi, who teaches Environmen- 
tal Ecology and Management to master's-level students 
at Beijing UT as well as editing for Chinese faculty and 
doctoral students submitting work to English-language 
journals and conferences. 

"Talaci told me she was interested in the life sci- 
ences, even though her background was statistics and 
she planned to continue in that area." Perozzi knew 
that VCU was aggressively developing its life sciences 
research, particulariy through collaborations with other 
disciplines. "I thought it would be a good match." 

Tanzanian Zarina Fazaldin '89MS/H&S graduated 
from the University of Bombay in India. Seeing such 
severe disparities in wealth, caste and social power, "I 
wanted to know why." So she decided to study sociology. 
An excellent student, fluent in English, Swahili, Urdu 
and Hindi, Fazaldin's options for grad school were wide 
open. "I had looked at Harvard, at schools in Texas and 
in Iowa," she recalls. "But I received a really friendly note 
from the chair of the Sociology Department at VCU. 



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It was very welcoming. I felt impressed, as though he 
already knew about me." 

Some international students arrive via spectacular 
paths, with a striking breadth of professional experience. 

Like Fulbright Scholar Margarita Montealegre 
'04MFA, Nicaragua's first woman photojournalist 
to document societal change, including land reform 
and social mobilizations. In 1979, the Organization of 
International Journalists awarded her First World Prize 
in Actuality for her coverage of Nicaraguan political 
events, riots and war. She was designated the official 



government photographer for the visits of Pope John 
Paul II in 1997 and President Bill Clinton in 1999. In a 
27-year career, she had created groundbreaking images 
in a country where photography had rarely been used to 
document history. In 1985 her picture even appeared on 
Nicaraguan currency, the 20 cordobas bill. 

The Fulbright at VCU "allowed me, for the first time, 
to look for my own images, not for a client, but for my 
personal project." Her goal was simple but comprehen- 
sive — to document all aspects of life and history in Nica- 
ragua. "The Fulbright office decided VCU's Department 



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When the world comes to campus, 
cultures miss, mash, or we all hope, ul- 
timately mesh a little. All of us can learn 
Jmuch from each other— and in today's 
world, we absolutely have to. Openness 
to the new and a sense of humor help 
international students and their families 
grapple with homesickness, transporta- 
4ioiij^using, and simple culture shock, 
ing alone was hard," admits 

le3 Al-Jaber. Despite her busy class 

leduie and her work on the National 
Union of Kuwaiti Students in the U.S., she 
was lonely. "I came from a big family that 
gathered once a week at my house — that 
was 80 people. It was also hard to handle 
all the bills and paperwork that I had 
never learned about. The independence, 
especially when I came from a place 
where women are not independent— 
that was the hardest thing." 

Years of studying English in school 
did little to prepare Talaci Kong for 
Southern accents and expressions like 
"Holycowl" Nonverbal communication 
can be even more disconcerting. "The 
human relationships are the same in the 
world, but the details of life are a little 
different. In Chinese tradition, we don't 
hug. Here, people tend to hug to show all 
their passion." 

Botswanan Isabella Magetse recalls, 
"VCU's Office of International Educa- 
tion made it easier, by all the activities 
planned, such as the Wednesday coffee 
hour and trips." 

Zarina Fazaldin recalls the chal- 
lenges of worshipping as a Muslim in 
the mid-1980s. "I would ask to visit a 
mosque and people sent me to the the- 



atre." (Richmond's Landmark Theatre 
adjacent to campus was then known as 
The Mosque.) 

Ultimately, Tanzanian Fazaldin adopt- 
ed American values and made Richmond 
home. "I got my citizenship in order to 
vote in 2004," she says; and she didn't 
stop there. She registered numerous city 
voters. Like many Americans, her busi- 
ness partner Lonnie Shiflett registered 
and voted for the first time, with quiet 
but strong encouragement from Zarina. 
Each election, she is at the polls when 
they open to be the first to vote. "Voting 
day in Carver is a community celebra- 
tion," she smiles. 

Eduardo Vidal understands the mis- 
cues, and the Brazilian's sense of humor 
serves new students and families well in 
his job at the OIE. He observes, "Ameri- 
cans live their lives from their cars. There 
are drive-in windows for almost any 
service. You can eat, do your banking, get 
your dry cleaning— even go to church!" 

He adds, "When my father came to 
visit, he stayed at the Jefferson Hotel, 
just a few blocks from my office, i kept 
telling him, 'You can walk to meet me.'" 
Eyeing the empty sidewalks, Seiior Vidal 
argued, "It's too dangerous. There is no 
one in these streets!" 

Vidal also sees the same defining 
American characteristics mentioned by 
almost every international student we in- 
terviewed. "Americans are an extremely 
warm and friendly people. They are also 
so proud of their country. They have flags 
everywhere. Their holidays are about 
heroes and their country. They love 
America. I think Brazil could learn from 



having this pride. We are such a large 
country with so many resources and we 
are still so divided by comparison." 

International Student Services Coordi- 
nator Pam Haney would like to see more 
students bask in that warm American 
friendliness. "Over 75 percent of the in- 
ternational students who come here still 
report as they leave that they have not 
been inside an American home. That's 
not who we are." 

The OIE makes it easy for families to 
connect with the students, a little or a 
lot. Be a conversation partner for English 
practice; share American holidays like 
the Fourth of July or Thanksgiving; host 
a student in your home for a month; or be 
the family away from home for a lonely 
student like Al-Jaber. Or drop in on the 
monthly international coffee hour. 

In four years of hosting students from 
Botswana, Ukraine, Hong Kong and 
more countries, Cathy Pullen says, "It's 
always wonderful! These students are 
not demanding at all— well, they do eat a 
lot," she laughs. "But they are so pleased 
just to be with a family. My children, now 
13 and 9, thoroughly enjoy it." Once a 
couple from Columbia brought their two 
small girls, and the kids played together 
for hours. "After they left, I asked my 
son if he had trouble understanding the 
girls, because they didn't speak Eng- 
lish. He said, They didn't?!' I'm grateful 
that my children can meet these bright, 
disciplined students from all over the 
world." Ihr details, contact Pam Haney 
pohaneY@vcu.edu or Jaime Bennett 
bennettjm@vcu.edu; phone 804-828- 
0808; fax 804-828-2552. 



of Photography and Film had the best program 
for me" to hone her photo-documentary skills. 
When she returned home, she planned to record 
Nicaraguan life and history, preserving existing 
images and making new ones. After VCU gradua- 
tion, she studied at the Photography Institute's 2004 
National Graduate Seminar at Columbia University, 
one of 20 fellows chosen from 91 finalists from 46 U.S. 
graduate programs. 

Eduardo Vidal '05BA/H&S executed a perfect triple 
lutz and glided smoothly onto VCU's campus. Four-time 

national ice skating 
champion in Brazil, 
he had toured the 
world for six years 
with Disney on Ice 
as the handsome 
young Hercules in 
Hercules on Ice. 
"I came to 
Richmond with 
the show and met 
friends here," he re- 
calls. "I was already 
almost 30. 1 was fi- 
nally ready to settle 
down and apply 
myself. My friends 
suggested VCU. And 
1 checked on prices. 
This was definitely 
the best deal." 

Vidal is a compet- 
itor, not one to settle 
for less than per- 
sonal best and used 
to overcoming any 
degree of difficulty. 
He graduated from 
VCU in May with 
honors and a double 
major in psychology 
and political sci- 
ence. "1 planned to 





From anotherworld entirely, Brazilian 
Eduardo Vidal (a.k.a. Aladdin) spent six 
years with Disney on Ice before majoring in 
psychology and political science at VCU. 



go to law school, so political science was obvious." The 
psychology? "I thought 1 would find out about myself — 
and actually, 1 did learn a few things," he admits. "I had 
a wonderful experience with all my teachers — maybe 
they didn't with me," he smiles — "because 1 would be 
there at every office hour, asking questions." 

Law school waits while VCU's Office of International 
Education (OlE) benefits from Vidal's experience, com- 
petence, and welcome sense of humor. Other foreign 
students at VCU are grateful for his help with visa 
documentation and transition to life in the States. "1 can 
offer a special comfort to these students," he chuckles. 
"They see someone who came here and went through 
the process." 



World-Changing 

he most significant value of VCU's "foreign 
assets" emerges when these students return to 
lead their own countries. 
Like many of his compatriots who come for 
graduate degrees in business or public administration, 
Yusuf Kaplan '97MBA took VCU skills home to run 
Turkey's government. In Ankara he directs the audit- 
ing division of the Energy Market Regulatory Authority, 
which regulates all of Turkey's gas and electric utilities. 

When Kaplan arrived at VCU, he had never so much 
as touched a computer. "In two years at VCU, 1 learned 
how to look at issues and events globally. I acquired 
valuable skills from VCU classes. I owe special thanks to 
my VCU professors," he wrote. 

With her VCU MEd in Counseling, Isabella Magetse 
is training counselors in Botswana, where few schools 
have personnel to evaluate struggling learners to place 
them in a mainstream classroom with support or in a 
school for students with special needs. She is also work- 
ing extensively in AIDS/HIV education programs. 

"Being away from Botswana for two years made 
me appreciate its people and culture more than ever 
before. Professionally, I have been able to use my coun- 
seling skills, especially since my country is affected by 
the HIV/AIDS scourge. I have been able to make my 
contribution in the care of those affected and infected 
by HIV and AIDS." 

Montealegre's U.S. experience sharpened her techni- 
cal skills and deepened her art and her life. Both she and 
her 11-year-old daughter Gabriela Sanchez Montealegre 
learned "to adapt to a new culture, friends, school and 
language. It was important to break barriers of com- 
munication and cultures, to be aware that the U.S. was 
part of a mix of different races, and that Latinos are 
an important component of this mixture. It was also 
important for me as a Nicaraguan to talk and exchange 
experiences of my country with different people." 

She adds, "To photograph many daily activities in 
Richmond allowed me to meet individuals who later 
became my best advisors in my project. I had a good 
relationship with my peers and with professors in my 
class that helped enormously." 

At home in Managua, Montealegre has already begun 
to fulfill her long-term goal, with two major solo exhib- 
its in Nicaragua funded by Fulbright— at the Institute 
of History in November, 2004, and at the Teatro Na- 
cional Ruben Dario in March, 2005. She continues to 
document Nicaraguan heritage. At El Banco Central de 
Nicaragua, she is reviewing more than 35 years' worth 
of photographic archives and plans to publish several 
books about Nicaragua. "I hope the cultural and social 
analyses of the images contained in these archives will 
shed light on the social structures, cultural patterns, and 
social change here." 



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Tanzanian Zarina Fazaldin has made 
her home and others In Richmond, 
renovating houses with Lonnie 
Shiflettthrough their business, 
L&2 Historic, LLC. 



Al-Jaber has returned to Kuwait eager and ready to 
serve with her new skills. "In Kuwait, dentistry is not a 
prestigious career or one that pays well," she explains. 
"We have a low standard of care. I think the people of 
Kuwait deserve better." 

VCU has been helping to rectify that since 1987. 
Through an agreement with the Kuwaiti government, 
VCU has been educating Kuwait's dentists, from English 
classes, to undergraduate science prerequisites, right 
through dental school. The first graduate of the VCU 
program has already made a strong start in profession- 
alizing dentistry in Kuwait. After graduating first in 
his class in the School of Dentistry, Mansour Al-Ajmi 
'95DDS took his skills home. He founded the Kuwaiti 
Dental Society and set up its website: www.kdakw.com. 

In a switch, Zarina Falzadin stayed to do her nation- 
building right here, working at Virginia's Department 
of Correctional Education (DCE) from 1991-2003 to 
teach troubled teenage boys with learning disabilities 
and emotional problems. In a year, her social studies 
class went from 25 percent passing the state SOLs to 100 
percent, earning her an Employee of the Year Award. 
(Mansour Al-Ajmi could have predicted that. He asked 
his best friend Zarina to tutor him in English, aiming for 
a C. "No, no, Mansour, we are not going to do that; you 
will get an A." He did.) 

In Tanzania, Fazaldin's parents had demonstrated 
that a key duty in life is to the community. "My mother 
was a housewife and community volunteer." Fazaldin 
lives and works in the Carver neighborhood adjacent to 
VCU, "where 1 feel I'm needed. Most of us, we run away 
to where it looks comfortable and familiar." 

Fazaldin's father was a builder, and in 2003 she and 
.Lonnie Shiflett founded L & Z Historic, LLC, renovating 
and selling historic houses. They have renovated several 
Carver houses that were severely damaged in the 2004 
fire during construction of a VCU dorm. "It's satisfying 



to see that student back in his house again." And good 
work is good investment. One rundown house that L & 
Z bought for $75,000, renovated and sold for $240,000, 
was recently sold again for $386,000. 

Aware of potential problems of gentrification for her 
neighbors, she is considering a low-income apartment 
project for older people. She works with the housing 
and community development arms of the Carver Civic 
Association and the Carver-VCU Partnership. Most of 
her volunteering is small, direct, ad hoc projects, from 
employing and training single women and older men, 
to picking up trash on the street. "I'm living where 1 
work, so 1 know the community." It's no surprise to 
anyone but Fazaldin that her classmates in Leadership 
Metro Richmond's Class of 2005 chose her as their 
graduation speaker. 

Her sociology classes at VCU have been valuable 
in everything she does. "1 knew how to motivate my 
students at the DCE. Understanding how systems work 
and the dynamics of groups is important in my busi- 
ness — talking with workers, or bankers or lawyers." 

VCU alumni like Dr. Lulu Al-Jaber return (or stay) 
with essential skills and a true international perspec- 
tive. As women take their place in Kuwait, women like 
Al-Jaber will help lead Kuwait to its place in the world. 
The contributions of VCU's international alumni are 
making a better world for all of us. They are a testament 
to their VCU educations and to their own dedication 
and professionalism. 

Meg Medina is a Richmond freelance writer. 

Students on page 20, around the world clockwise from noon: Barbara 
Strohmer, Austria; Simon Morris, Scotland; Ngawina Mkandawire, 
Malawi; Andreas Schwab, Germany; Marie Herault-Delanaoe, Cote 
d'lvoire; Benjamin Gar^on, France; and Amol Deshmukakh, India. 



STRING 25 2006 





BY JANE MITCHELL 

Immersion in Scots culture meant 
visits to "Edinburgh castle, Glasgow, 
a whiskey distillery. We even went to 
a ceilidh (kay-lee), a sort of Scottish 
hoe-down, held at the Caledonian 
brewery in Edinburgh." And for 
music major Stephanie Davenport, 
pubcrawling with her mates at the 
Sandy Bells to catch an evening of 
Celtic music counted as research. 

Davenport spent a semester in 
2004 studying flute performance 
and technique as well as Scottish 
culture and society at Napier Uni- 
versity in Edinburgh. She made the 
most of her time in Edinburgh. She 
joined the Edinburgh Royal Cho- 
ral Union and sang Edward Elgar's 
Dream ofGerontiiis with the Scottish 
BBC Orchestra at Edinburgh's Usher 
Hall. Another highlight was meeting 
and performing for Scottish com- 
poser, Eddie McGuire, a friend of her 
flute teacher. "1 brought the music 
back to Virginia and introduced the 
composer and his other works to my 
classmates and to Fancile Bilyeu, my 
flute professor at VCU." 

Davenport lived with other 
international students in a flat in 
Edinburgh. Living in a strange 
place with students from all over 
the world created a profound shift 
in her. "Everyone is experienc- 
ing life in a more active way," she 
says. "When you return to your 
home country, you continue living 
actively and asking questions about 
your own country and looking at 
your own life from a fresh angle." 

She returned from Scotland ready 
to tell the world about study abroad. 
"I wanted to put on a sandwich 
sign and walk around campus to 
advertise my experience," she smiles. 
"Everyone should see how easy the 
process is, and, more important. 



how fulfilling it is to travel and meet 
new people." She got her chance, 
with an internship at VCU's Office 
of International Education that has 
become a fulltime job, helping other 
students tailor a study abroad pro- 
gram most valuable to them. 

Exec to Exec in Zurich 

VCU's Fast Track MBA Program 
builds in global connections for its 
working executive students. Director 
Bill Miller, Dr. Van Wood, and Dr. 
Dennis O'TooIe led a group of 37 stu- 
dents, guests and faculty to Zurich in 
May, 2005. "Switzerland is a manda- 
tory part of our curriculum," he says. 

The students themselves choose 
the Swiss companies they want to 
learn from, often firms with con- 
nections to their home businesses. 
Alstrom Power is a turbine manu- 
facturer in Zurich with a facility in 
South Richmond. Students got a 
sense of wodd neighbors when Mill- 
er renewed acquaintance with Elvia 
Travel's CEO — formerly "my next 
door neighbor in the West End." 

Covering a range of industries, 
they visited Credit Swisse Bank, as 
well as the Swiss National Bank, 
comparable to the U.S. Federal Re- 
serve. Furfer-Jacot is a Swiss custom 
jewelry maker. A visit to a Swiss 




watchmaker was de rigueur. Interna- 
tional Watch Company sells watches 
ranging from $3,000 to $450,000. 
"They sell 50 a year of the $450k 
watches," Miller says. REGA's air 
helicopters rescue and evacuate the 
sick or injured around the world. 
(No Swiss chocolate in 2005, alas.) 

Bill Kitchens, in information 
technology at Richmond's Federal 
Reserve Bank, was amazed that Swiss 
businesses succeed at "balancing 
protectionism and participation in 
the global economy. It is very diffi- 
cult to maintain the high wages and 
prices when surrounded by cheaper 
goods and services available from 
the EU countries." Also, "compared 
to Americans, the Swiss are very re- 
luctant to change," making risk and 
innovation difficult. 

Kitchen observes, "The 'life' por- 
tion of the work/life balance equa- 
tion is weighted more heavily." His 
classmate Vivian Willis '82BSH&S 
agrees. Most Swiss mothers, she 
notes, stay at home with children 
under six. "They don't leave their 
small children with babysitters or 
nurseries the way most American 
women do," she says. 

Willis, a flavor scientist for Philip 
Morris, had been to Switzedand 
several times during her 26-year 
business career. This trip gave her 
time to chat with Swiss colleagues 
and learn more about Swiss taste 
so she could go home and develop 
ingredients to appeal to that market. 

Fast Food for Tnougnt 

Short-term summer programs are a 
smorgasbord of language and experi- 
ence that can compliment or bring 
welcome variety to a student's ma- 
jor — fast food for thought, maybe, 
but still plenty nourishing. In 
summer 2005, 227 students earned 
credits in VCU courses ranging from 



""Everyone is experiencing life in a more active way. 



V 



-STEPHANIE DAXENTORT 'O-IBM 



SPRING 27 2006 



anthropology to photography in 18 
countries, from Austria, Barbados 
and China to Guatemala, Korea 
and Switzerland. 

Arts in the Hignlanas 

"My heart's in the highlands," said 
Scottish poet Robert Burns, echoed 
by Stephanie Davenport. Other VCU 
students are finding their arts in 
the Highlands — of Peru. The OIE 
and VCU's School of the Arts, with 
Encuentros Institute Internacional, 
offers the 26-day "Visual Explora- 
tion of the Highlands Arts." Students 
tour art and archeology museums, 
and trek in the breathtaking Andes 
to investigate ancient and colonial 
sites like Machu Picchu, earning six 
art credits. 

"The trip gives art students an 
opportunity to dig and dive into 
spaces," says program director, Javier 
Tapia, VCU professor of painting 
and printmaking. "They take the 
jungles on one hand and the wide 
peaks on the other." Sculpture ma- 
jor Kim Zitgow studied photography 
in Peru in 2003. "The Inca trails on 
the four-day hike to Machu Picchu 
are physically challenging and 
mentally beautiful." 

"We plan the trip around the Fes- 
tival of Corpus Cristi in Cuzco," says 
Tapia, a Peruvian native who has 
been taking groups "home" for nine 
years. By the time of the festival in 
early June, Zitgow observes, students 
have learned the meanings of the 
masks and rituals and they are ready 
to respond artistically. 

Scott Mills teaches photography 
and film on the trip, and he has 
captured three summers' worth of 
student growth on the 25 hours 
of video he shot for VCU in Peru. 
"Students are exposed to conceptual 
ideas that may not be represented 
within their major," he comments. 
"I encourage them to consider that 
they are being exposed to Peru and 
the landscape of the Andes much in 
the way they expose film in a cam- 
era to light." Each student develops a 
unique new vision in those moun- 
tains and museums. 

"Having a month to explore 
and search for images to portray in 



drawings or photos made this one of 
the most unforgettable experiences 
of my life," says senior crafts major 
Samantha Schockley. "As I wandered 
through Cuzco looking for material 
to draw, I realized I was trying to 
extract the essence of Peru. I usually 
draw from me," she adds, "but this 
trip made me include Cuzco as seen 
through my eyes." 

"I wanted to see in person what 
I had only seen on slides," says 
Mary Burford, a student of Pre- 
Columbian Art. 

Zitgow uses photography now as 
a sculpture medium. "I learned ca- 
sually through many conversations 
with lots of photographers on the 
trip." She also experienced the way 
a camera can help you assimilate a 
new place. "By the end of the trip, 
photos I'd taken at the beginning 
made more sense to me, because 
I'd learned so much more about 
the subjects." 

"The trip is open to everyone," 
says Tapia. "You don't have to speak 
Spanish or submit an art portfolio." 
In fact, "we deliberately seek a mix 
of students. The chemistry of the 
groups has been wonderful." In 
2005, 23 VCU students were joined 
by nine from Weber State in Utah. 

Artists ana Writers 
in Glasgow 

Heather Mclver '04MA/H&S 

went to Glasgow in summer 2004 
as a graduate student in Writing 
and Rhetoric. "I'd always wanted 
to do a study abroad program, but 
I never wanted to be away for a 
whole semester," she says. "I'd heard 
Glasgow was an industrial city that 
had reinvented itself through art 
and culture." 

VCU has summer and semester 
programs through Glasgow School 
of the Arts. British artists and writers 
provide lectures, readings and work- 
shops. Students have long weekends 
to explore the city or travel. On field 
trips they take in area plays, muse- 
ums, gardens-and castles. Like Hos- 
pitalfield House, Mclver's favorite, 
now an artists' retreat on the coast. 
"The castle had a walled garden, and 



you walked beside a wheat field to 
reach the North Sea." 

Mclver also found that Scottish 
conversation had more substance 
than at home. "Cab drivers or 
people sitting next to you on the 
bus would give you their opinions 
on art, city planning, and all sorts of 
other things." She adds, "I feel like 
everything I saw, read and experi- 
enced will filter into my writing for a 
long time." 

Sculpture major Tim Esterheld 
took advantage of Europe's afford- 
able public transportation. From 
Glasgow, "I got to Dublin and to 
Alicante, Spain." 

The city's Victorian architecture 
inspired sculpture major Shawn Lo- 
tze. "One of the pieces I did had to 
do with huge historic buildings that 
hovered over little glass convenience 
stores on the ground floor." Back in 
the U.S., Lotze is still "playing with 
viewer perspectives, using maps and 
global positioning. I do more with 
atmospheres, and quasi-homes, such 
as bus stops with roofs." 

Zitgow spent fall 2004 in 
Glasgow. She spent most of her 
"studio" time exploring Glasgow. "I 
took 200 photographs of little things 
1 could bring back for site specific 
installation work," she says, like a 
series of pawn shop window displays 
of jewelry. "I videotaped kids playing 
arcade games and suitemates playing 
videogames. It related to the violent 
history, the gang rivalry in the city 
between Protestants and Catholics." 

Barhaaos: 

New WorU, New Self 

"You are definitely a different person 
when you get back home," says 
history major Brad Stewart about 
his trip to Barbados in 2004. Dr. 
Bernard Moitt, born in Antigua, 
leads History and Culture in Barba- 
dos each summer. Moitt specializes 
in histories and literatures of the 
Caribbean and Africa. Students in 
the program also spend a day with 
Barbados families 

"I get cards and emails from 
former participants who are emo- 
tional about what this program has 
done for them," says Moitt. Besides 



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DEGREES OF DIFFERENCE! GloUshfu 



"I really love the opportunity to encourage other VCU students to do what I did," 
says study abroad advisor Stephanie Davenport. To find an experience that fits, 
start with some basic questions, she says. What to study? Where? When, for 
how long? Why? What do you want from the experience? 

Howforeign? "Students need to decide howfarthey are willing to be pushed 
outside of their comfort zone," says Davenport. "Language is a big issue. For- 
tunately, even in many non-English speaking countries, abroad programs offer 
classes in English. "Living in that country may still be a challenge without any 
language experience," she cautions. 

What? And more. Abroad courses are offered in every field, so students can 
find a program that fits their needs — like Napier University's excellent music 
program for flute major Davenport. But, she urges, look beyond the obvious. 
"Students can expand their horizons with courses like Italian Wines or Music 
Therapy that VCU doesn't offer." 

Where and how to live? Living arrangements can make or break an abroad 
experience. With a host family, in an apartment, in a dorm? An international or 
American dorm may limit your contact with the local culture and people. But too 
much independence can also be stressful and isolating. 

Where? And still more. "Edinburgh is a cosmopolitan city, so I knew I would 
have the experience of attending and participating in music concerts and recit- 
als." Choose a place with history, or art, interesting politics or business, or great 
dancing and beaches — and then use it. 

How? Financial aid. Crafts major Dara Saunders visited Peru in summer 2004. 
"I just wanted the chance to travel while I could use student loans." 

Safety is now even more significant for U.S. students abroad. VCU's Office of 
International Education will not send students to countries that are listed on the 
U.S. Department of State's travel warning list. 

There's a world of opportunity open to VCU students, Davenport stresses. 
"If there is an accredited program in Bora Bora, a student can most likely go. As 
long as the program offers university credit, the options are limitless." 



earning six credits in History and 
African-American Studies, students 
gain first-hand insighits into a Carib- 
bean island's history. They learn to 
see racial issues — and themselves — 
very differently. 

"There are things you can't get 
from a textbook, or watching a vid- 
eo," says Stewart. "From Dr. Moitt's 
book, we knew that sugarcane leaves 
cut the slaves in the fields," he says. 
"But it really hit us when we got lost 
in a sugarcane field and the razor 
sharp things cut our arms. You can 
read, and the professor can tell you, 
but this was firsthand stuff." 

"Barbados attracts the largest 
number of African-Americans of 
any abroad program," says Moitt, 
who enjoys watching students' 
faces as they enter the airport. 
"From the moment we land, Af- 
rican Americans find themselves 



in the majority." White students 
are suddenly the minority. "But 
surprisingly (to the students), 
without racial antagonism," Moitt 
adds " — no one says you are not 
welcome because you are white." 
Many students, white and black, 
he says, are amazed to see blacks 
running such a highly organized, 
educated society with a tourist 
industry catering to the wealthiest 
of Caribbean vacationers. 

The flipped world of Barbados 
brings students together as they 
grapple with emerging realizations 
about race and society. "People 
open up there in a way they never 
do in a Richmond classroom," 
says Moitt. Gathering in seaside 
dorm rooms at the University of 
the West Indies, some admit and 
start to confront preconceptions 
held since childhood. 



Barbados may change perceptions 
dramatically from black and white 
to colors, but every student abroad 
sees with fresh vision, in aspects 
large and small. 

Bethany Guckert studied foren- 
sics at University of West England. 
Thriving amid differences gave her 
confidence. "Knowing that I can 
successfully be part of a community 
so different from my own and be 
comfortable is priceless!" 

Part of the fun of living in 
another country is observing that 
although phones and taxis operate 
differently, they still serve the pur- 
pose. In the forensics lab, Anderson 
noticed, the British package paint 
chips differently from the American 
protocol, but both protect the evi- 
dence. "There is more than one way 
to solve a problem," says Anderson, 
"and coming to UWE has definitely 
shown that to me." 

Mary Burford misses the Peruvian 
people and "how easy it was to com- 
municate without words." 

Stewart began to reevaluate the 
American lifestyle. "I came home 
to Richmond to find my friends 
all stressed out," he says. "In Barba- 
dos, they told me life's too short to 
be stressed out — they live life to 
the ftjllest." 

"To live abroad as a local is much 
different than just traveling through 
another country," Davenport com- 
ments. "I think all students should 
have that experience." Ingrid Mer- 
cer '05MPA/H&S, director of im- 
migration services at the OIE, agrees. 
"During my semester in Madrid and 
my year in Slovakia," she says, "I 
may have missed a few sights — but I 
wasn't there as a tourist; 1 was there 
as a person." 

Jane Mitchell is a freelance writer in 
Richmond. 

Top studerrt photos from VCU Study 
Abroad Competition on page 26. 



SPRING 29 2006 






J 







BY THOMAS GRESHAM AND M E MERCER 



Although Hurricanes 

Katrina and Rita 

struck many miles 

pom VCU, those winds 

blew through campus 

and beyond. Students, 

faculty, staff and 

alumni of VCU and 

the VCU Health System 

mobilized their will, 

their wallets, and 

their skills. 




FROM THE UNIVERSITY... 
Thirty-five students displaced from their Gulf Coast 
schools enrolled at VCU for the fall semester, some 
already in class a week after Katrina hit. Music student 
Nicholas Solnick is now studying jazz education at the 
Rotterdam Conservatoire, funded by the Dutch govern- 
ment, but plans to return and finish his VCU degree 
in Jazz Performance. His mother wrote, "I can't thank 
you, the finance department, housing department, jazz 
department, and everyone else enough....l can guarantee 
jVCU] will be the University I suggest to all young high 
school music students I know.. ..This is the place that 
makes you feel at home." 

Among several forums and lectures on campus, 
VCU's Wilder School of Government and Public Af- 
fairs sponsored "Hurricane Katrina and its Aftermath: 
Five Perspectives," in November. In January, "Hurricane 
Katrina and the Media" addressed race and class issues 
brought out in Katrina's aftermath. 

RAISING MONEY... 

Alumni organizations made donations and volun- 
teered: VCU Alumni Association; MCV Alumni 
Association of VCU; African American Alumni Coun- 
cil; Young Alumni Council; DC Metro Chapter Board; 
Hampton Roads Chapter Board; VCU Student Alumni 
Ambassadors. Among the largest Katrina fundraising 
projects at VCU was a fund drive at the VCU Health 
System, which netted $134,000 for Katrina relief, 
including a $50,000 matching donation from the VCU 
Health System administration. 

On campus, Swipes for Katrina raised more than 
$10,000 when Dining Services and Aramark let students 
donate meal credits to the American Red Cross. Stu- 
dents organized Rams for Relief weekend in October — a 
concert and Halloween events— collecting thousands of 
canned goods and more than $4,000. 

K.B. Basseches, VCU assistant professor of art educa- 
tion, wanted to raise money ami give artists a chance 
to respond to Katrina creatively. She organized "... and 
the levee broke: meditations on the power of water." 
Student and professional artists from across the country 
and abroad sent their work. The touring exhibit raised 
money for art supplies for Gulf Coast students. 

Saxophonist and New Orleans native Victor 
Goines '90MM was very visible in NBC's Concert 
For Hurricane Relief and a special "Live from Lincoln 
Center" on PBS. 



SHAFER COURT 30 CONNECTIONS 




r-l 






...AND GIVING THEIRTIME AND SKILL 
Many VCU alumni and staff trekked to the Gulf Coast 
region to work in Katrina and Rita recovery efforts. 

Bill Leighty79MBA, chief of staff for Virginia's 
Governor Mark Warner, helped Louisiana Governor 
Kathleen Blanco's administration in the aftermath of the 
storm. Television images of Katrina, Leighty comment- 
ed, "do not convey the magnitude of what occurred." 
This is a catastrophe that doesn't fit in the box. "The 
scale of the devastation was so much worse, so much 
more enormous." 

Pat Roberts '02MPA is senior assistant to the chief 
administrative officer for the City of Richmond. He 
directed aid to Moss Point, Mississippi, where Richmond 
helped restore water and power; donated food, tools and 
materials; and assessed damage in many of the town's 
5,700 homes, most of them under saltwater. 

VCU student Kier McGuire saw dramatic changes 
Katrina brought to her hometown of Kenner, Louisiana. 
Many residents have decided to live elsewhere, daunted 
by the task of rebuilding. Families with children on the 
swim team she coached are moving away. "When 1 go 
back and visit, those people won't be there anymore. 
That's really hard for me." 

Dr. Ronald Merrell, VCU professor of surgery, brought 
television that did more than simply watch disaster un- 
fold. Merrill is director of VCU's Medical Informatics and 
Technology Application Consortium with NASA, which 
supported medical relief and coordinated telemedicine 
networking through the NASA Stennis Space Center in 
Mississippi. He and his team knew they couldn't rely on 
FEMA or state agencies. "We had to take what we had 
and get creative." Ultimately, Merrell felt, the medical 
team did answer the challenges and "what we were 
asked to do worked out pretty well." 

That was useful experience in January when Merrill 
and Dr. Azhar Rafiq '03MBA, scientific director of the 
VCU-NASA center, went to Pakistan to set up 13 tele- 
medicine stations linked to hospitals there. Three mil- 
lion people were displaced by the October 8 earthquake 
in the region. The VCU physicians planned "to use tele- 
medicine and electronic communication in the refugee 
camps," Merrill told the Richmottd Times-Dispatch. 

Kim Hunter '94BSW '95MSW spent 12 days in New 
Orleans and Mississippi with a pet rescue team — pull- 
ing wounded, emaciated dogs, cats and birds off roofs; 
organizing feeding and treatment stations; distribut- 
jng pet food to owners still at home; and driving 150 
cats to Northern Virginia in vans. "There were 8,000 
pets found, 3,000 dead so far," she said in January. She 




mentioned proudly Coast 
Guard Vice Adm. Thad 
Allen's comment that 
"'Pet rescue was the only 
thing going well down 
there.' It was necessity," she added. "There's not but so 
long you can hold fifteen dogs on a leash." 

Smart, effective bureaucrats can also be heroes. The 
Associated Press noted in September that the 50,000 
patients served by the Veteran's Health Administration's 
(VHA) New Orleans medical center had complete 
access to their computerized records after Hurricane 
Katrina — "a bright exception" to the plight of many 
storm victims. Dr. Jonathan Perlin '91PhD '92MD/M 
'97MSHA/AHP, now Under Secretary for Health in the 
Department of Veterans Affairs, had led the VHA in 
reorganizing VHA's computerized health records. 

If devastation was awesome, so was hope. VCU relief 
workers bore witness to extraordinary courage and 
moving rescues. Jose Belardo '88BSW '90MSW, in the 
Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, was sent 
to a naval air station in Meridian, Mississippi, to set up 
a medical station. "The stories from some patients were 
heartbreaking," Belardo said. "However, a number of 
stories had happy endings. You got to see the good in a 
lot of people. It was touching to witness people finding 
one another again." 

Even by November, McGuire saw the determination 
to rebuild at home. The local mall had reopened. "People 
are getting back their normal lives," she said. "It just is 
significantly altered." 

Shane Townsend '02MURP is in Baton Rouge this 
spring with Save the Children, which now assists in 
domestic as well as foreign emergencies. SC has trained 
teachers to help children and parents with psychosocial 
needs and provided mini-grants to help daycare centers 
reopen. They are also setting up "safe places" in tempo- 
rary trailer camps with toys and books where children 
and parents can spend time. "Children are always the 
most affected in disasters like this," Townsend says. 
"It's ongoing," he emphasizes. "We're teaming with 
other agencies, like Boys and Giris Clubs, to supply 
more long-term needs for mentoring and tutoring." 

Co-anchor Aaron Gilchrist '03BS/MC reported 
from the Gulf Coast for WWBT-TV in Richmond. "In 
the places we went to, people weren't trying to figure 
out who was at fault, they were trying to get to the next 
level — 'let's get through this together.' Regular people 
did a lot to help each other early on and I think they 
continue to do so now." 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIM HUNTER '94BSW ' 9 5 M S W 



SPRING 31 2006 




1950s 

*Sarah Drummond-Schell '50BFA is a trustee 
for the Orlando Opera and for Emory and 
Henry College in Emory, VA. She restored 1876 
Rockwood Manor in Southwest Virginia. 

l%Os 

Judith Friedman '65MSW is coordinator 
of family counseling for the School Board 
of Broward County, PL. • Sandra (Trettel) 
Grabman '68Assoc/B lives in Ducan, OK and 
has written Spof//g/7fs 5 S/?ac/ows about 
actor Albert Salmi and Plain Beautiful about 
actress Peggy Ann Garner, Salmi's wife. A 
bool< on humorist Pat Buttram comes out next 
fall. • Alberta Lindsay '64BS/MC went to 
southern Sudan and Nairobi, Kenya to reunite 
a "lost boy of Sudan" with his family. A farmer 
gave her a cow, which she asked him to sell 
and donate the money to a local secondary 
school. • LydiaVaughan'68BS/E teaches 
math and English to juvenile prisoners forthe 
VA Department of Correctional Education. 
She was the Department's 2005 Agency Star. 
Lydia is also president of the South Richmond 
Chapter of Altrussa International. 

1970s 

Pamela Barefoot '72BS/H&S was featured 
in the May 2005 Southern Living, mid-Atlantic 
edition. She is founder and owner of Blue Crab 
Bay Company, a specialty-food supply store 
based in Virginia. • David Blashkiw'77MBA 
is a senior research associate with E.I. DuPont 
in Richmond. ' T. Neal Burton II '71BS/B is 
owner of Financial Management Services in 
Pittsfield,MA. • R.Paul Childress Jr. '79MBA 
is a partner in Childress, Gould & Russell, PC 
in Richmond. • JoLynne DeMary'72MEDShe 
retired in December, 2005 after five years as 
Superintendent of VA Public Schools and a 
37-year career in public education. Governor 
MarkWarner proclaimed NovemberSOth as 
"Jo Lynne DeMary Day." She is also president 
of the VCU Alumni Association Board. " 
Rex Ellis '74BFA, vice president for Colonial 
Williamsburg Foundation's Historic Area, was 
featured in the May 2005 Southern Living, 
mid-Atlantic edition. • PaulFleisher'75MED 
retired after 27 years of teaching in Richmond 
Public Schools. He is now assistant director 
of the Richmond Peace Education Center. 
• Michael Flynn '74BA/H&S '77MSW is a 
licensed clinical social worker in Richmond. 
■ Harold Gellis '75MBA is vice president 
of compliance with Davenport & Company 
LLC in Richmond. " William Gentry '78BS/E 



is a sergeant with the Richmond Police. • 
*Daniel Gill '72BS/B is vice president of 
DayvonServices, Inc. in Burke, VA. • Cynthia 
Hatch '75BS/B '79MBA is budget manager 
forthe Commonwealth of Virginia. • Robert 
Hawthorne '71BS/B is market president 
for United Bank in Vienna, VA. • Peter 
Hubicki '78MBA is a project manager with 
Get The Lead Out, LLC in Charlotte, NC. • 
Ken Hynes '79MBA is an SR Infrastructure 
Analystwith ACS in Glen Allen, VA. • Brent 
Lerch '77BS/B '78MBA is principal and sole 
owner of Insurance Personnel Resources. 

• 'Charlotte McAdams'71BS/E is a legal 
administrative assistant for the VA Division 
of Child Support Enforcement in Richmond, 
where she lives. • Richard McCann '72BA/ 
H&S has published Mother of Sorrows, a 
collection of stories. He has received many 
fellowships and is co-director of the creative 
writing graduate program at American 
University in Washington, DC, where he lives. 

• Dr. Leonard Reid '73BS/MC is professor of 
advertising and associate dean for research 
and graduates studies in the University of 
Georgia's College of Journalism and Mass 
Communication. He was named a fellow of 
the American Academy of Advertising in 
February 2005. • Franklin Rockwell '71 BS/ 
H&S is executive director of the Powhatan- 
Goochland Community Action Agency, 
providing essential services to low-income 
residents. • Thomas Savage '78BS/MC is 
president ofthe Fredericksburg Area Bar 
Association. • James Smith ir77l\/ISW was 
awarded tenure and promoted to associate 
professor in the Division of Social Work atthe 
University of Wyoming. • Thomas Vorenberg 
'78I\/1BA is "chief cook and bottle washer" 
with Vorenberg Associates in Bingham 
Farms, Ml. 

1980s 

Herbert Armstrong '83MBA is the assistant 
dean and director ofthe MBA program at 
Nichols College in Dudley, MA. • Steven 
Bateson '86MBA is the internal audit assistant 
directorfor Chesterfield County Public 
Schools, VA. • Lt. Col. Rudy Burwell'85BS/ 
MC is currently assistant executive officer for 
the Chief, Army Reserve, atthe Pentagon. The 



U.S. Army awarded him a one-year fellowship 
at Harvard University's John F Kennedy 
School of Government. • Jimmie Butler 
'86BS/B'89MBA is a data engineer with 
FGM,lnc.inReston,VA. • KenCandelora 
'83MBAis a registered representative 
with Lincoln Financial in Jackson, MS. • 
Sallie Cross '83MBA is a consultant with 
SunTrust Mortgage in Richmond. • Bruce 
Cruser '8DMSW is director ofthe Community 
Corrections Program for Henrico County, VA. 

• Diana Detamore '76BFA '80MFA exhibited 
her drawings and painting in a solo show. 
Excavations, at Main Art Gallery in Richmond 
in February 2005. • Michael Dixon '83MBA 
is the senior vice president for Hanover 
BankinMechanicsville,VA. • *JimDodson 
'89BFA and his wife own a Victorian bed 
and breakfast in Fulton, MO and welcome 
fellow alumni, www.romancingthepast. 
com. • Linda Singleton-Driscoir85MBA 

is director of analysis with Southeastern 
Institute of Research, Inc. in Richmond. • 
Patty Durand '88BS/B is a program director 
forthe Sandy Springs Conservancy in 
Georgia. • Jacqueline Dwyer'83MBA is the 
international sales administration manager 
with Domestic Environmental Corporation in 
Mechanicsville,VA. • Zarina Fazaldin '89MS/ 
H&S was named 2005 Richmond Star for 
Small Business Management by the American 
Business Women's Association. • Michael 
Friedberger'85MBA is product development 
process manager with American Standard 
Inc. in Piscataway,VA. • Anita Garland 
'83MBA is dean of admissions with Hampden- 
Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, VA. • 
Lenore Gay's short story '70BS '84MS/H&S 
'91MS/AHP won first place in Style Weekly's 
competition, published October 19, 2005. She 
is a licensed professional counselor with a 
ten-year private practice. • *Eden Glenn 
'84MBA is director of clinical operations at 
VCU Health Systems Psychiatry Department. 

• Victor Goines '90MM was noted by Jazziz 
for his clarinet work with WyntonMarsalis 
and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra on 
the CD A Love Supreme. • Eugene Grecheck 
'81MBA is the nuclear support services vice 
presidentwith Dominion Generation in Glen 
Allen, VA. • Elizabeth Gundiach '87MS/B is 



African-American Alumni 2006 Reunion 

All African-American Alumni are welcome to the 2006 Reunion. 

VCU campuses (and your classmates) have a new look. 
Check out the glamour and the moves atthe traditional Saturday 
dance and other events. Details in the brochure mailed in March, 
or contact Larry Powell at 804-828-8194 or wlpowell@vcu.edu. 

April 28-30 



HAFER COURT 32 CONNECTIONS 



employed by Networth International Solutions 
in Alexandria, VA. = Julie Harvey's '85BFA 
Go-Go exhibit in NYC was reviewed by NY Arts 
Magazine \astial\. ° Paul Haynes '89MBA is a 
regulatoryand pricing advisorwith Dominion 
Virginia Power in Richmond. = Jeanne 
Hechler '75BS '81MBA is first vice president 
with SunTrust Mortgage in Richmond. ' 
Jason Hendrix '88BS/MC, named 2004 
International Mr. Leather, focused on 
HIV/AIDS and voter registration during his 
tenure. • Susan Hlgglnbothani'81BA/H&S 
has published The Traitor's Wife: A Novel of 
ttieReignof Edward II. ° Jerome Jones Jr.'s 
'81BFA paintings, Tfie Root and the Fruit of 
Life, were exhibited at Richmond's Ascend, 
Inc. art gallery last September. » Merle Kahn, 
Ph.D. '84MBA is the QC services manager 
with Boehringer Ingelheim Chemicals Inc. 
in Petersburg, VA. • Beth Kelly '85MBA is 
quality system integration director for Philip 
Morris in Richmond. ■> Ben Madden '89BGS/ 
H&S has launched a website, BikeCenturies. 
com, which is an extensive internet-based 
cycling calendar. • Linda Martin '82MBA 
is the administrative director of human 
resources with Bon Secours Richmond Health 
System. ° Laura Merrell'SSMBA is a senior 
business developer at FTI in Washington, DC. 
• Floyd Miller II '89BS/B married Molly Byrd 
on April 30, 2005. • Vincent Pate '84MBA is 
an accounting supervisor with Smurfit-Stone 
Container in Hopewell, VA. » Anne Perkins 
'84BFA exhibited her paintings at Ginger 
Levit's Richmond atelier in December and 
January. She is on the board of the Richmond 
Artists' Association. » Kimberly Perry 
'89BS/B is employed as a research analyst 
with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. 

Kathy Petronchak '80BS/B is director of 
pre-filing and technical guidance with the IRS, 
where she has worked since 1979. Marc 
Ramsey '71BFA '85MFA and Jill Ramsey 
'84BFA are co-owners of Owens & Ramsey 
Bookstore in Richmond. They have rented 
books to film companies and the ABC series 
Commander in Chief Marc is also a civil war 
re-enactor who volunteers atthe Museum of 
the Confederacy. - Frank Shuman'SIMBA 
is the ETECT leader of performance products 
with Honeywell in Orange, TX. ' Sandra 
Silvestre '84MED has received a Teaching 
Award in Filmmaking from the North Carolina 
School of the Arts. In 32 years of teaching, she 
received top teaching awards at her schools, 
Wal-Mart Teacher ofthe Year, a Community 
Service Award from the Association of 
Retarded Citizens, and a 1995 VA Center for 
the Humanities Fellowship also from PBS, 
BBC, and the Discovery Channel. Her students 
won a 2003 Honorable Mention Regional 
News Emmy and nationaltvinternships. 
She is library media specialist and teaches 
video journalism/tv production/international 
film at Meadowbrook HS in Chesterfield 
County, VA. • Dr. Charles Smith '77BS/H&S 
'81MS/AH published a novel, A Funeral, A 
Wedding, and the Journey Between, with Ivy 
House Publishing Group. Robert Smith Jr. 
'78BS/B '81MBA is a senior tax analyst and 
tax manager with Tredegar Corporation in 



Richmond. Billie Snell '76BS/B '82M6A 

is the minister for Cold Harbor Road Church 
of Christ in Mechanicsville,VA. Dewey 
Swicegood '84MBA is COO with VaLiance 
Health in Harrisonburg, VA. » Kimberly 
Tetiow '80BFA is the new director of 
Richmond's 1708 Gallery She was associate 
director of development for VCU's School of 
the Arts, and has also served in management 
and development at Theatre IV, Barksdale 
Theatre, Elk Hill, Studio Theatre of Richmond 
andTheatreVirginia. » James Thomas 
'86MBA is executive vice president and COO 
with Southside Bank in Tappahannock, VA. 
Michael Toler'88BA/H&S is editor of the 
NITLE online resource on Arab culture and 
civilization. He is also program directorfor 
the initiative in Arab and Islamic cultures. He 
is interested in researching the translation 
of Maghrebi fiction into English. ' Judith 
Vido '85BS/H&S '89MSW recently published 
two romance novels, A Living Heartand A 
Searching Heart, at www.lulu.com/vido. Vido, 
who is blind, has done peer counseling with 
blind diabetics and led a group for substance 
abusers. ' Patrick Vines '79BS/B'80MBA is 
director of accounting controls with Dominion 
Resources Services, Inc. in Richmond. <■ *Eric 
Whittieton '84BS/H&S '86Cert/B is executive 
vice president and COO of Information 
Systems Support in Gaithersburg, MD. '- 
Steve Wilson (sax) and Clarence Penn '91BM 
(drums) toured with Grammy-winner Maria 
Schneider in Europe and NYC in the fall. 
Wilson's Generations ensemble performed at 
the Kennedy Center Jazz Club in Washington 
in October. The New York 7/'mes called Steve 
"among the best New York jazz has to offer." 

1990^ 

Louis Abbey MFA/H&S retired as chair of 
VCU's Department of Dental Pathology in 
August 2004 to Revere, MA with his wife, 
Chris. He is sailing, teaching part-time at 
Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and 
writing essays and short articles. He's on the 
editorial board for The Catboat Association 
Bulletin. Jennifer (Athas) Reid '96BS/E 
married Shawn Reid on July 23, 2005. They 
liveinMechanicsville,VA. Athena Bachas 
'92MBA is administrative director of planning 
and business development at Bon Secours 
Richmond Health System. = Smith Baker 
'74BS/B '97MBA is the assistant city manager 
of Columbia, SC. William Baker '94BS/ 
B'97MBA is a leaf market operations 
coordinator with Philip Morris USA in 
Richmond. Sunny (Barnes) Ogburn'98BS/B 
married Jonathan Ogburn on March 19, 2005. 
She IS an accountantwithTrilegiant Loyalty 
Solutions and lives in Sandston,VA. Angela 
Bell '93BS/H&S '97MED was named 2005 
Elementary School Counselor ofthe Year by 
the VA School Counselors Association. She 
lives in Richmond. JohnBrubaker'95BS/B 
is owner of Quality Auto Parts, LLC in 
Winchester, VA, Marsha (Butler) Stevens 
'92BS/MC is a development specialist with 
Capital One in Richmond. Herson, Kyle Ryan, 
was born December 28, 2004. Angela 
(Butterfield) Carter '95BA/H&S,MT married 




African-American History-Makers 

On February 16, the African-American 
Studies Program held its annual "Black 
History in the Making," when more than 
25 outstanding African-American students 
were honored for their extraordinary 
academic and community achievements. 

VCU's African-American Alumni 
Council also recognized Alumni of the 
Year for 2005 and 2006. Former AAAC 
president Linnie Carter '92BS '98MS/MC 

(2005) is vice president of college advance- 
ment at Lord Fairfax Community College 
and executive director of the Lord Fairfax 
Community College Educational Foundation, 
Inc. http://www.alumni.vcu.edu/AAAC/ 
bhmcarter.html 

Dr. Micah McCreary '90MS '94PhD 

(2006) is VCU's assistant vice provost for 
diversity and a professor of psychology. 
His primary research is in family psycho- 
logy, especially influences of race, ethnicity, gen- 
der, and culture on parenting, http://www.has. 
vcu.edu/psy/faculty/mccreary.html Dr. McCreary, 
Council President Franklin Wallace '87BFA 
and Linnie Carter above. 



James Carter on August 27, 2005. The couple 
lives in Mechanicsville,VA. =■ TimBylow 
'93MBA is a portfolio director with Highwoods 
Properties in Raleigh, NC. ' Robert Campbell 
'96MBA is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. 
Army and an investigator with the Secretary 
ofthe Army Inspector General Agency in 
Arlington, VA. Sloan Canaday'98MBA 
works with Colony Group in Richmond as a 
project manager. Maureen Carley '93BS 
'95MBA/B is the ISRI associate director and 
assistantto the chair of VCU's Department of 
Information Systems. • Julie Carwile '83BS/ 
E '94MS/B is assistant professor of business 
at John Tyler Community College in Richmond. 
Thomas Chamberlin '95MBA is manager of 
insurance and member financial services at 
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative in Glen 
Allen, VA. Kelly Cipriani '93BS/B is a 
corporate controllerfor Consolidated 
Theatres in Charlotte, IMC. Mike Connatser 
'90BS/B'96MBA is a senior broker with All 
Risks Ltd. in Richmond. ■ Raegen(Craddock) 
Dinelli ■96MT married Michael Dinelli on June 
18, 2005. She teaches in Chesterfield County, 
VA, where they live. Sheila Crowley 
■76BSW78MSW '98PhD/SW is president and 
CEO ofthe National Low Income Housing 
Coalition and an adjunct professorforVCU. ■ 
Jason Cullop '91BS/H&S married Tonya 
McCarthy on February 26, 2005. They live in 
Richmond. James Dameron'90BS/B 
married Karen Cole '97DDS on May 28, 2005. 
James is a director with EnterBridge 



SPRING 33 2006 



The Baldaccis: A VCU Faiif=" 

Choosing a college was no struggle for bestselling author David Baldacci '83BA/H&S 
'OIHDL. "My brother, Rudy, and sister, Sharon, had gone to VCU and had good experi- 
ences," he says. "It was a good fit for me." Then, and later. David serves on the Board of 
Visitors and helped establish the Creative Writing Program's First 
Novelist Award. He was a 2000 Alumni Star, received an honorary 
doctorate in 2001, and the School of Mass Communications will 
induct him into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in 
April. This family is so at home at VCU, they have their own front 
parlor in the Alumni House, created by David's generous gift. 

"I always joked that 1 took more classes from Dr. Robert 
Holsworth, now dean of Humanities and Sciences, than anyone 
in University history," recalls David, whose political science major 
came in very handy later in a career that took off with worldwide 
best-selling thrillers. (The editor once found a copy of Absolutna 
Kontrola in a bookstore in Slovakia.) 

He learned much more than subject matter from Holsworth. 
"We had to write a lot and organize our thoughts. We had to read 
a lot. 1 learned critical reasoning tools that I will use all of my life. 
He remains a good friend today." 

David also appreciated the practical experience that many of 
his professors could share with students. "I didn't feel isolated 
from the real world. We could apply our skills in a real setting. 
That was one of the school's hallmarks." 

Sharon Baldacci '79BS/MC is also a writer, first a journalist 
and now a novelist, author of .4 Sundog Moment, with a second novel, Reflected Light, nearly 
finished. The first image of VCU that pops into her mind is the aging elegance of the older 
homes that served as classrooms— and the powerful waft of chlorine whenever she saw 
her advisor in the basement of Franklin Street gym. 

Her advisor Ed Arnold taught layout and design 8-10 a.m. "He could actually make the 
class interesting that early in the morning! I also remember his distinctive low, resonating 
voice. (I had lost 50 percent of my hearing in both ears after having mumps in the third 
grade.) I remember learning so much from him— partly because I could actually hear what 
he was saying." 

With a great foundation from VCU, Rudy Baldacci '76BFA has had a successful career 
in art. A recent project was illustrating David's children's book, Freddie and the French Fries. 
"My favorite teachers were John Bowie and Nicholas Apgar. They inspired my art and had 
faith in me. 1 value the four-hour studio drawing courses the most and film history a close 
second. I made some nice friends while I was there. Since I live in Richmond, I go by the 
school a lot and can't believe how much it has changed." 

David agrees. "VCU has changed the face of downtown Richmond. It's an important 
tool for the city and the state." He adds warmly, "It's my alma mater." 

— Joan Tlipponce 




Technologies in Richmond; they live in 
Newport News, VA. • Leah(DeFoggi)Ayers 
'01BA/A married Walter Ayers Jr. on April 23, 
2005. • Susan |Delgado)Gunlicks'90BFA 
married Lars Gunlicks on May 14, 2005. She is 
a commercial photographer and partner with 
Double Image Studio. They live in Richmond. • 
Anthony Donovan '99MBA is owner of 
Lighting Technology & Design in Richmond. • 
Tara Donovan '99MFA was featured in the 
December 2005 issue of /4/?rnews. ♦ Michelle 
(Dowdy) Honaker '92BS/H&S '97MED 
married Garland HonakerJr. on JulylO, 2005. 
• Martha (Eck) Ramirez '97BA/A married 
John Ramirez III on December 4, 2004. They 
live in Manassas, VA. • Coley Eckenrode 
'97BS/B married Shannon Cubitt on April 2, 
2005. They live in Midlothian, VA. • John 
Elliott '90MSW is supervisor of social work 
services for Chesterfield County Public 
Schools, where he had been the senior school 
social worker. • George Ferrandl'93BFA had 
a solo show last fall at Cinders gallery in 



Williamsburg, NY. • James Ferrara'SSMBA is 

supply chain management director with 
Dominion Resources in Glen Allen, VA. • Gail 
Fink '92MBA is corporate programs director 
for Cornell University's Johnson School in 
Ithaca, NY. • Thomas Foster '94MBA is fleet 
services budget manager with Overnite 
Transportation. • Michael Geake'93MBA is 
senior software engineer with Mobius 
Management Systems in Rye, NY. • Michelle 
Gee'94MBAisthe Blackboard administrator 
for Northern VA Community College. • 
William Gifford, Jr. '92BS/B is vice president 
of market information for Philip Morris USA in 
Richmond. • *MichelleGrabow'92MEDisa 
pharmaceutical representative for Abbott 
Laboratories in Florence, SC, where she lives 
with her husband Stephen and their son 
Thomas. • Michael Guyer'99BFA married 
Mindy Peskin on May 29, 2005. They teach at 
Deep Run HS and live in Richmond. • David 
Hall '93BS/H&S is director of campus 
recreation at Springfield College in 



Springfield, MA. He lives in Broad Brook, CT. • 
*Tracey Halliday '93BS/MC is manager of 
communications forthe American Beverage 
Association in Washington, DC. • Elizabeth 
(Hawkins) Keymont '99BS/H&S married John 
Keymont on April 23, 2005. She works in 
pharmaceutical research. • Scottlan Henry 
'95MBA married Katherine Gansman on July 
9, 2005. He is a group managerfor Capital One, 
and they live in Richmond. • Rafael 
Hernandez '98BM is an assistant professor of 
music at California State University East Bay 
and lives with his family in Hayward, CA. • 
Michael Hitchcock '95BS/MC is general 
manager and vice president of FC Dallas, an 
MLSsoccerteam. • Justin Honeycutt'99BS/ 
H&S married Regina Clayton 'OOBS/B on May 
14, 2005. They live in Richmond. • Shawn 
Humphrey '96MA/B is an assistant professor 
of economics at the University of Mary 
Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. • Merri 
Incitti '95MBA is an academic advisor with 
Virginia State University. • Norman Jacobs 
IV'94BS/B married Kimberly Bowen on 
August 6, 2005. They live in Hanover, VA, 
where he works at Hometown Realty. • 
Darrell Jackson '94MBA is managing director 
with Wachovia Securities in Richmond. • 
Rajiv Jain '94MBA works for Ernst & Young 
LLP and lives in Matawan, NJ. • *Michelle 
Johnson '95BS/B was elected to the board of 
the National Kidney Foundation of the 
Virginias. • Boris Kodjoe '96BS/B starred in 
tv shows Soul Food and Second Time Around. 
In the recent movie, "Tiie Gospel," he played a 
successful pop singer who returns to family 
and gospel roots. Boris and his wife and 
frequent co-star Nicole Parker-Kodjoe have a 
daughter, Sophie Tei-Naaki Lee Kodjoe, born 
March 5, 2005. • Robert Lanham'94BA/H&S, 
editor of www.freewilliamsburg.com, wrote 
The Hipster Handbook and coined the word 
"deck" meaning "cool" — but "deck" no 
longer is — used on The Sopranos • John 
Land '99BS/B married Alice Adeimy on May 
14, 2005 and they live in Richmond, where he 
works atWeinstein Properties, Inc. • Laura 
Lay '99MED was awarded a Milken Family 
Foundation National Educator Award of 
$25,000. She is an advanced placement world 
history teacher at James River HS in 
Chesterfield County VA. Her students and 
colleagues cheered as her name was 
announced forthe award. • Ronald Lee 
■76BS/H&S '94MS/AHP is an educational 
coordinator at VCU's School of Medicine. • 
B.J. Losch '93MBA is senior vice president 
and CFO with the Wachovia Corporation in 
Charlotte, NC. • Andre Lucero'90BFA had 
successful solo shows of his paintings last 
tall, in Warm Springs and at The Homestead in 
VA. His wife, Erin Lucero works in 
development at VCU's School of Medicine. • 
Yugian Mao '99MBA is corporate affairs 
managerwith Philip Morris Asia Limited in 
Hong Kong. • E.G. Martin III '85BS'95MBA/B 
is a controller with West End Orthopaedic in 
Richmond. • Dr. Mayes Mathews '90Ph.D/B 
is a full professor of computer information 
systems at Saint Leo's Langley Center in Saint 
Leo, FL. He is president and CEO of Lakewood 



SHAFER COURT 34 CONNECTIONS 



Trails, a property leasing company; and owner 
ofStonewood Stables, Inc. ■■ Mike McNeely 
'92BS '96MBA/B is a senior financial analyst 
with Bon Secours Health System in Richmond. 

• Emily (IVIcRae) Soldato '93BS/H&S married 
David Soldato on October 14, 2005. They live in 
Chesterfield County, VA. • Jannelle(Merritt) 
Pizzola '90BFA married John Pizzola on April 
2, 2005. They live in Richmond. " Ignacio 
Metcalf '99BS/H&S married Jennifer 
Alverson on May 7, 2005. They live in 
Richmond. ' Alan IVIiddleton '93BS '93IVIS/B 
was awarded tenure at Ohio University, where 
he is assistant professor of business 
managementtechnology. • Marilyn Miller 
'99MSW is a detention specialist with the 
Departmentof Juvenile Justice in Richmond. 

° Robert Mills '92MBA is vice president for 
Branch Bank & Trust Company, Inc. in Wilson, 
NC. ■ Darren Morris '98MFA won second- 
place in Style H/ee%'sshort fiction 
competition in October 2005. He is a technical 
writer/editor in education and received a 2000 
VA Fellowship in the Arts. » Jennifer (Moss) 
Kincaid '98BS/H&S married Kevin Kincaid on 
May 28, 2005. They live in College Park, MD. « 
Dawn Oliveri '92BGS/H&S has written 
several e-books published by Liquid Silver 
Books and Heat Wave Romance. Her nom de 
fireisSharaLanel. ' Ozair Omarzai '92MBA is 
vice president with JP Morgan Chase in Iselin, 
NJ. " Anthony Osior99BFA married Erin 
Osborne '99BS/H&S '04MSW on September 

18. 2004. Anthony works at The Miller Group 
and Erin works for the VA Health Department. 
They live in Richmond. • Nancy (Overbey) 
Sheetz '95MT married Bryan Sheetz on March 

12. 2005. They live in Chester, VA. « Clarence 
Penn '91BM plays bass on The Rolling Stones 
ProjectCD by saxophonist Tim Ries, and on 
jazz accordionist Richard Galliano's CD Ruby, 
/Wj'Oea/'IDreyfus). Penn and Steve Wilson 
(sax) also toured with Grammy-winner Maria 
Schneider in Europe and NYCIastfall. =■ 
Diane Perkins ■90MSW won the 2003 
Romance Writer's Golden Hart. She wrote 
two popular historical romances, The 
Improper Wife and its sequel. The Marriage 
Bargain. She and her husband live in Northern 
VA; they have a grown son and daughter. 

• Anne Porter '98MBA is a manager with 
the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. 

" Melissa Potter '92BFA was awarded a 
Fulbright Scholarship to lecture and research 
on hand papermaking atthe Faculty of Fine 
Arts in Belgrade, Serbia in spring 2006. - 
Pamela (Purks)Seay'96BS/H&S and Roy 
Seay ■97BS '04MBA/B were married on 
April 2, 2005. She is a pharmaceutical sales 
specialist with AstraZeneca and he is a senior 
financial analyst at Luck Stone. They live in 
Powhatan, VA. • Sheri Reynolds '92MFA has 
published three novels. The Rapture of Canaan 
was a New York Times bestseller and Oprah 
Bookclub Selection. Her first play, Orabelle's 
Wheelbarrow, was chosen by the Women 
Playwrights' Initiative for its annual world 
premiere production. <■ Howard Rose '93BS 
'98MBA/B is a buyer with S&K Menswear, 
Inc. in Glen Allen, VA. « Stephen Ruffner 
'90MBA is senior vice president with Red 



Mountain Bank in Birmingham, AL. ■ David 
Russell '90BM has composed music for 
television and movies in the U.S. and Russia. 
He is a member of the Academy of Television 
Arts and Sciences. = Bryan Rutter'95MBA 
is a controller with Wartsila Lips, Inc. in 
Chesapeake, VA. Jonathan Selhy'91MBA 
is vice president of sales and marketing with 
Taylor Chemical Company in Lawrenceville, 
GA. Duncan Sheils'93BS/B is a senior 
account executive at Delta Dental of Virginia 
in Glen Allen, VA. Carrie (Spangler) Allen 
'96BA/H&S '98BA/A married Justin Allen on 
June 11, 2005. They live in Richmond. ^ Tonya 
(Sullivan) East '99MBA is a product marketing 
manager with LogicaCMG in Glen Allen, VA. " 
TimTatum'97MBAisa consultant with Core 
Consulting in Richmond. ' Mary(Vidonic) 
Margaret '92BS/B married H. Scott Margaret 
on March 5, 2005. She is an operations 
assistant at Samsung Electronics America. 
They live in Midlothian, VA. = *Michael 
Walsh '99MBA married Erica Mosby on July 
16,2005. Andrew Winn '946M'96MM is a 
classical guitarist who opened the 2005-2006 
VCU Guitar Series in September. He performs, 
composes, and teaches in the Washington, 
DC area. PaulWoodlief'91BS'98MBA/B 
is the collaboration program analyst with the 
Defense Supply Center in Richmond. 

2000s 

John Alix Jr. '04BFA premiered The Pharoah's 
Daughterin the U.S with the Bolshoi Ballet at 
the Met. Rosanna(Amato)Blakley'04BS/ 
MC married Richard BlakleyJr. on October 15, 
2005. They live in Richmond. ' Martina Arel 
'03Cert/B works with the VA Economic 
Development Partnership. - Alexia (Arnett) 
Gerczak '03MSW married Gregory Gerczak on 
July 30, 2005. Jennifer (Atkinson) Perry 
'04MED married Drew Perry on April 2, 2005. 
They live in King William, VA. " Michael 
Bailey '03BS/B is the tax compliance auditor 
for Chesterfield County Commissioner of 



Revenue. *Stephanie (Baldwin) Herndon 
OOBS/H&S '02BS 'OSMS 'OSCert/N married 
William Herndon IV on October 15, 2005. She 
is a Board Certified Adult Acute Care nurse 
practitioner with Air Park Medical in Ashland, 
VA. ' Amy (Beane) Young ■99BS'03Cert/B 
married Thomas Young on September 24, 
2G05.They live in Midlothian. *Nancy 
Beasley 'OOMS/MC, adjunct professor at 
VCU's School of Mass Communications, has 
written a biography, Izzy's Fire: Finding 
Humanity in the Holocaust ' Lauren (Beatty) 
Blekjcki '04BFA married John Blekicki on 
October 15, 2005. They live in Richmond. • 
Boris Becker '90BS 'OOMBA/B is a test pilot 
with the Virginia National Guard 224"' Aviation 
inSandston,VA. ■> Kira(Bleecher)Frledel 
'01BS/H&S '05MD married David Friedel on 
May 14, 2005. They live in Richmond. = Karen 
(Bradley) Roberts '93BA/H&S '03MED 
married James Roberts on August 13, 2005. 
They live in Chesterfield, VA. •> Douglas 
Bradley ■04BS/En married Mary Strickland on 
June 4, 2005. Jessica (Braum)Gmelch 
'03BA/A married Thomas Gmelch on October 
29,2005. Angela (Bryant) Taylor '05BS/ 
H&S,MT married Jason Taylor on June 11, 
2005. They live in Ashland, VA. ■> *Karen 
(Bush) Wright '04BS/E married Christopher 
Wright on July 16, 2005. They live in Glen 
Allen, VA. ' Moira (Butler) Sweazey'OIBS/B 
married David Sweazey on October 29, 2005. ° 
Christina (Cangas) Kubala '02BS/B married 
Alex Kubala on September 24, 2005. ■> Holly 
(Carroll) Prestidge 'OOBS/MC married 
Kenneth Prestidge on March 12, 2005. They 
live in Fredericksburg, VA. ■- Douglas Clark 
'01MBA is vice presidentfor enrollment 
management at Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA. 

Karen (Clements) Skapin '01BA/H&S, Ml 
married Mark Skapin on June 21, 2005. They 
live in Cleveland. ° Robert Collier '04BS/H&S 
married Sarah Lantz on April 9, 2005. They live 
in Richmond John Comstock IV'04BS/B 
and Rebecca Bodde '05BA/H&S were 



VCU Rugby Hits 20th Anniversary! April 29 

On April 22, 2006, which VCU sport will be competing on the national stage for a 
championship? The VCU Rugby Club will carry VCU Black and Gold to its first ever 
East Coast Division III Championship tournament, hosted in Richmond. Rugby 
alumni played an integral role in bringing recognition to VCU Rugby by supporting 
student athletes who won key matches to play for this Championship. 

VCU Rugby — started in 1974 by Terry Curtler — has maintained an active squad 
for over 30 years. Over a thousand VCU alumni have played for VCU RFC (Rugby 
Football Club). For the past 20 years the club has maintained a close-knit alumni 
group which meets the last weekend of April for the annual "Old Boys" Match 
between alumni and current students. For a 20th anniversary blast, It is the "Old 
Boys" wish that anyone ever associated with VCU RFC join your friends April 29th, 
1 pm, at Abner Clay Park (Leigh St. Field). For more information contact Dave 
Franke at david@turnkeyva.com or 
www.studentorg.vcu.edu/mensrugbyvcu. 

VCU Women's Rugby plans an "Old 
Girls" match before the men's on April 29, 
noon. This year the women's team made 
it to the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football 
Union (MARFU) tournament, which can 
ultimately lead to the U.S. finals. They 
played another tournament at the Uni- 
versity of Richmond in February. Contact 
Cabell Layne at taxicab53@yahoo.com. 




SPRING 35 2006 






^^yVMARD -OIMa/^ 




I knew I 
was in a special 
place when my 
grammar and 
pronunciation were 
corrected by strang- 
ers four times within 
24 hours — once by a 
drunken college student on 
his way home at 1 a.m.; once 
by a sandpaper-voiced flamenco 
singer after his 20th cigarette; and twice 
by a bartender in a bus station. (Yes, bartender. 
In a bus station). A licensed member of the grammar 
police myself, 1 was in awe that I was corrected with 
such grace and aplomb. Instead of feeling embar- 
rassed or stupid about my clumsy language skills, 

1 actually felt grateful for these strangers' insight, \^^^ 

wisdom, and apparent interest that I speak the best h ^^ 

Spanish 1 possibly could. ** 

I was in Spain for ten days, consciously studying 
flamenco, and unconsciously absorbing the directness, 
honesty, and charm of the Andalucian character. Some- 
one was always ready to dispense correct word choice or 
give mini-lectures about the accusative declension of objects 
of prepositions to another who clearly needs it. I was hopeful that 
not only would I return to Virginia a better dancer, but also a person 
who could lightly correct her peers' egregious misuse of apostrophes — 
and leave them wanting more. 

Andalucia was a lot of what I expected and nothing like I imagined. My 
only previous contact with Spain was through my flamenco teacher in Virginia 
Beach, Gloria de Jerez, an internationally renowned flamenco artist unlike anyone I 
have ever known, or, 1 suspect, will know. Barely 5'2" with long auburn hair, an hour- 
glass shape, and a fierce flamenco stare, Gloria demands attention with her quick smile, dry 
sense of humor, genuine compassion and unadulterated honesty. 

My monthly two-hour classes with her were peppered with such gems as "Lolita, that was 
HORREEEEEBLE!" or "Lola, do you need glasses? Because you obviously can't see a thing I'm 
doing!" Gloria would deliver these criticisms with such charm and matter-of-factness that I even- 
tually viewed them as badges of honor. When she did dole out a compliment, I always knew it 
was genuine. Even though I was paying her $60 an hour, she never felt obliged to build me up 
more than 1 deserved. 1 would leave her lessons exhausted and pummeled, but always looking 

forward to next month. 
*' V One of only a handful of flamenco masters teaching in the United States, Gloria moved 
■' " back to Spain last winter, and I was left teacherless and heartbroken. After a month of 

dolores, I knew I had to go see her. So, for ten days last May, I stayed with Gloria in 
Jerez de la Frontera, the birthplace of flamenco. 

SHAFER COURT 36 CONNECTIONS 






Having studied flamenco for only three years, I was ready to absorb 
as much as I could, happy at last to hear people say "flamenco" instead 
of "flamingo." 1 arrived in Jerez just in time for the annual Feria de 
Caballo, a week-long party of non-stop dancing, drinking, and heavy 
preening, attended by gentry, gypsies and workers alike. 
My days in Jerez consisted of sightseeing in the morning, a three- 
hour lesson every day with Gloria, and dancing at the feria every night. 
Andalucians take their festivals and their sherry very seriously, with 
most people stumbling home from the evening's debauchery around 4 
a.m. While I couldn't quite keep up with the natives, 1 did manage not 
to embarrass myself or my country with my dancing and basic grasp 
of complex flamenco rhythm. 

Of course I was not spared Gloria's usual honesty and directness 
during my three hour sessions — "Do you know what you are do- 
ing? Because I don't think you do!" and my new personal favorite, 
"Yes Lola, you were en compas, but ONLY BY A MIRACLE!" Gloria 
demands a lot of her students and is able to get the best out of 
them by making them love her. She may tell you that you dance like 
an elephant, but it is always with a wink and a promise of olives and 
homemade gazpacho after class. 

After 1 spent a week and a half there communicating only in my 
elementary Spanish, Jerez de la Frontera proved just as effective 
in honing my language skills as my dancing prowess. 1 left Spain 
with both a better understanding of Biilerias compas and a slightly 
identifiable "Andaluthian" accent. 

But dancing and the finer points of verb usage were not the 
only things I learned in Spain. I learned that bull fighting is the 
most extraordinary spectacle 1 have ever seen; that Philip Morris 
would do just fine if its only market were Andalucia; and that 
Americans, in addition to not knowing how to have a seriously 
good time, avoid honesty at all costs for fear of offending anyone. 
As a result, compliments are meaningless, and we have begun to 
view any type of criticism as a personal attack. 

On the journey home, 1 tried to think of ways to incorporate this 
refreshing Andalucian frankness into my daily life. Could 1 get away 
with telling my co-worker that the bathroom was not an appropriate 
place for the New Testament? That the housekeepers weren't always 
overjoyed to hear about the kooky weekend antics of her Tibetan Terri- 
ers? Could 1 correct my father when he fails to put the right indefinite 
article in front of his noun? Did I have the guts to tell my husband that 
I preferred extra creamy milk chocolate with toffee bits instead of the 
regular chocolate with almonds he bought me at 7-11? Could I tell the 
manager at my favorite restaurant that the plural of "hamburger" is 
not "hamburger's" as it reads on all of his menus? And if 1 did all of 
these things, could I do it with that Spanish mezcla of charm, direct- 
ness, and grace? Frankly, I don't dare try; it's not in my blood. 

By studying flamenco in its very cradle, 1 finally see that it is 
an expression of the Andalucian character itself - bold, brutal, 
passionate, tender, heartbroken, and at times, hilarious. 
The two are inseparable. 1 could no sooner correct my 
colleague's grammar in Richmond, Virginia and expect 
to be loved in return, than Gloria de Jerez could demand 
a non-smoking booth in a restaurant in Madrid. Both ac- 
tions are embedded in culture. Either would be lost 
in translation. 

W]im not stamping and glaring, Laurel Hayward is Director of 
Donor Relations and Stewardship at the University of Richmond. 






married on November 5, 2005. • Robert Cottrell 
'01BS/H&S'02MED is a coordinator of 
supplemental instruction at VCU. <■ Lauren 

(Courain) Luke '02MT married Franklin 
LukeJr. on April 30, 2005. She is a 
school librarian. ° Joshua 
CrucJotti '03BA/H&S married 
JuliAllenonOctober8,2005. • 
Colleen Curran's OIMFA/H&S 
novel, Whores on the Hill, was 
published by Vintage in 2005. • 
Amy (DeethI Pozza OOBS/B 
married Mark Pozza on May 14, 2005. 
They live in Sykesville.MD. <> Amanda 
(Daniels) Chenault '05BS/H&S 
married Joseph Chenault, III on July 
' 16, 2005. They live in Midlothian, VA. 
; • Katherlne Dorsk '04BS/E is a client 
services coordinator at Southwest 
TransplantAlliance in Dallas, TX 
where she lives. • William Duke Jr. 
'03BS/H&S and Sarah Davis '04BFA 
were married on June 18, 2005. He is a 
police officer in Henrico County where they 
live. ' *BrianEllenberger'02Cert/B married 
Lauren Campbell on April 24, 2005. Brian works 
for Euro RSCG, and they live in Suffolk, VA. » Eric 
Falthzik '03MS/B is IT project manager for 
AutoTrader.com in Atlanta. • Grace (Ferguson) 
Olsen '03MS/En married Andrew Olsen on May 
14, 2005. They live in Richmond. -^ Robert 
Ferguson '03MBA is a development officer 
with the Maryland Institute College of Art in 
Baltimore. • Curtis Fye'02BM| bass) and 
Robbie Sinclair '02BM (drums), play with 
Sam Wilson and Wells Hanley on the debut 
CD, Wells, "a combination of pop appeal and 
multilayered angularity." — StyleWeekly. " 
Ashley (Gardner) Gallienne '01MT married 
Charles Gallienne on February 26, 2005. • 
Heather (Garrett) Gifford OOBS/ 
H&S,MT married John Gifford on June 
25, 2005. They live in Richmond. • 
Michael Gasper '03MSW is a foster 
care social worker for the City of 
Richmond Department of Social Services. 
• Kristina GattI 'OOMBA is a business systems 
analyst with Carl Zeiss Vision, LLC in Chester, VA. 
' Greg Giese '02MBA is a project manager with 
IntelliMark IT Business in Texas. = Charles Gray 
Jr. '02PhD/H&S married Frances Ryan '96BS/ 
H&S'99MED on August 6, 2005. He is a regulatory 
review chemistwiththe Food and Drug 
Administration. Frances is a school counselorfor 
Chesterfield County Public Schools. They live in 
Richmond. « Yvette(Gray)Coates'04BS/B 
married Koyar Coates on August 13, 2005. She is a 
human resources manager. • Jonathan Gregori 
'04BFA married Annette Shell on July 9, 2005. He 
works at Henrico County Public Schools, and they 
live in Midlothian, VA. * Arness Harris 'OIMBA is 
a contract specialist in Washington, DC. = Tara 
(Haymore) Polhamus '01MSW married William 
Polhamus on April 30, 2005. They live in Richmond, 
and Tara is a social worker in Chesterfield County 
Public Schools. • Raleigh Hobson III '01BS/H&S 
married Tammy Smith on July 9, 2005. They live in 
Richmond. ' ChristopheHodgdon'05PhD/B, 
received the 2005 Outstanding Dissertation 
Award in International Accounting presented 
annually by the American Accounting 



SPRING 37 2006 



Association, for "Empirical Examination of the 
Effect of Firm Compliance with the Disclosure 
Requirements of International Accounting 
Standards on the Characteristics of Analysts' 
Earnings Forecasts." Past recipients were 
from universities in the U.S., Australia, 
Canada, and Sweden. Andrea (Holland) 
Holmes '01BS/B married James Holmes Jr. on 
September 10, 2005. She is an analyst at the 
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. ■ Richard 
Huffman Jr. 'OOMBA is a vice president with 
The McCammon Group in Richmond. • 
*ChrlstopherJones'01BS/Enisa product 
engmeer with Infinion Technologies in 
Richmond. He is also a VCU School of 
Engineering Alumni board member. - Emily 
(Jones) Rosson OIBSW '04MSW married 
Wesley Rosson on May 7, 2005. They live in 
Glen Allen, VA. Emily works at Rappahannock 
Area Community Services Board and provides 
mental health servicesto Rappahannock 
Regional Jail. Laura (Keim)Burnetter 
'02BS/B married Marcus Burnetter on June 
19, 2005. Shameer Khanal '02BS/B '04MBA 
is a sub-sector advisor at German Technical 
Corporation in Nepal. - Edward Lahmann 
'04MS/MC married Sara Cameron on 
September 4, 2005. They live in Richmond. = 
Will Lawrence '03BS/En works at L.S. 
Technologies LLC in Washington, DC. • 
William Longest '01BS/B married Tiffany 
Wolfrey on May 14, 2005. He works for Cintas, 
and they live mTappahannock,VA. Laura 
(Manley) Moore '03BS/E married William 
Moore on November 5, 2005. She is a teacher 
atthe Creative Learning Center and a three- 
sport coach at Collegiate School. Emanuel 
Mathis '02BS/E is director of business 
operations at Better Basketball Inc. in 
Marietta, GA. He lives in Atlanta. = Lori 
(McCreight) Kreckman '02BS/H&S married 
Brian Kreckman on July 16, 2005. They live in 
Richmond. ' Timothy McGee'OIMBA is a 
senior business analyst with Bank of America 
in Richmond. JanaMcQuaid'02MBAis 
graduate studies director at VCU's School of 
Business. ' Meredith (Meger) Ramsey 
'04Cert/B married Robert Ramsey on April 30, 
2005. They live in Arlington, VA. Mary Milks 
'OOBS/B is a project manager with Health Net 
Federal Services in Arlington, VA. = Crystal 
(Miller) Johnson '04MBA married Thomas 
Johnson Jr. on July 9, 2005. They live in 

Spring Networking Reception 
for LGBT Alumni and Friends 

Meet other interesting VCU alumni who 
share some of your experiences and 
concerns at the kicl<off reception for 
the new LGBT Alumni Chapter of VCU 
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender). 
Babe's of Carytown will serve up hearty 
hers d'oeuvres to fuel the talk. Hosted by 
LGBT Alumni Chapter of VCU, the VCU 
Alumni Association and VCU Office of 
Alumni Activities. April 27, 6-8:30 pm, 
3166 West Gary Street. $10 admission, 
cash bar for beer and wine. Register at 
www.vcu-mcvalumi.org, call 804-828- 
2586. Walk-in registration at the event is 
also permitted. 



Richmond. ' Kara (Mills) Greenwood ■02BA/ 
H&S'04MT married Alan Greenwood on 
August 20, 2005. They live in Glen Allen, VA. ° 
William Moffett '03BS/H&S and Erin 
Hobgood '02BS/N were married on February 
26, 2005. They live in Midlothian, VA. ° Jason 
Murray 'OBBA/H&S married Morgan Meeker 
on June 25, 2005. They live in Richmond. ° 
*MaiHuong Nguyen '98BS/H&S '02MBA is 
program coordinator for AOAC International in 
Gaithersburg, MD. -- Latrena Owens '96BS/B 
'04MED ran the Honolulu Marathon on 
December 10,2005, herfirst 26k, with the 
AIDS Marathon DC group to raise moneyfor 
AIDS research. ' Leigh (Nowicki)Sewell 
'OOMSW married Dr. Nathan Sewell on May 
28,2005. Marjorie (Pace) Barbour '04BSW 
married William Barbour on June 25, 2005. 
They live in Richmond. - NicholausPanos 
'02BM married llze Kalnina on September 24, 
2005. They live in Florida. ■ Jeannette(Pugh) 
Mock '02MS/H&S married Walter Mock III on 
August 27, 2005. She is assistant director of 
alumni for Randolph-Macon College, and they 
live in Richmond. Arun Rajagopal '03MBA is 
first vice president with SunTrust Bank in 
Richmond. Scott Recher 11 OOCert/B 
married Michelle Brooks on May 28, 2005. He 
is serving in the U.S. Navy, stationed in 
Norfolk, VA. > Frederic Reed Jr. '05MBA 
married Anna Witt on June 18, 2005. ' Blake 
Reid 'OOMT married Heather Yoxall on March 
26, 2005. Both are teachers for Henrico 
County, VA. They live in Richmond. = Craig 
Richardson '02MBA is a settlement agent 
with Commonwealth Guarantee, Inc. in 
Richmond. Matthew Riffe '0265/6 married 
Lindi Sheppard on September 24, 2005. They 
live in Virginia Beach. -- Erin Roe 'OOBS/E is a 
business systems analyst with Capital One in 
Glen Allen, VA. - Jason Roe '006S/E is a 
reliability engineer with Infineon Technologies 
in Sandston, VA. Harry Rowan III ■00M6A 
married Renea Lunde '05MHA on June 11, 
2005. The couple resides in Falls Church, VA. • 
Ward Saunders '92'036FA married Debra Rice 
'03BFA on June 25, 2005. They teach graphic 
arts: Ward at Patrick Henry HS in Ashland, VA 
and Debra at Hanover HS in Mechanicsville, 
VA, where they live. > Rachel (Savage) 
Loving '02MED married Joshua Loving on 
October 8, 2005. She is a guidance director at 
Caroline HS in Virginia. Theylive in Richmond. 
' Michelle Schlager 'OOMBA is a senior credit 
analyst at Dominion Resources in Richmond. ■ 
Rebecca Schmidt '01BS/En is a weapons 
systems engineerfor Technology Service 
Corporation in Silver Spring, MD. ■ Michael 
Schultheis '05eS/H&S married Kristen Fus on 
October 15, 2005. They live in Richmond. - 
Diane Seaborn '026S/B is legislative 
information systems supervisor with the 
General Assembly of VA. Thomas Seay 
'03MS/E is a volunteer assistant baseball 
coach at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, 
VA. ' David Sena 'ODBS/En is a digital design 
engineer for ITT Industries in Ashburn, VA. • 
Shahab Siddiqui OOBS/En is a research and 
development engineerfor IBM corporation in 
New York, where he lives. ' 6randon Smith 
'01BS/H&S married Jacqueline Carmine on 



April 23, 2005. ' Matthew Spradlin 'D3BS/B 
and Elizabeth Turner '04BS/H&S,MT were 

married on July 9, 2005. He is a financial 
advisor with Merrill Lynch and she is a 
teacher with Hanover County Schools. They 
live in Midlothian, VA. - Matthew Stanton 
'OOBFA married Sarah Butts on May 21, 2005. 
• Jonnie Stone '9165/6 'OOMS/E is a research 
systems manager at Royall & Company in 
Richmond, where she lives. • Robbie Taylore 
'026S/B is a real estate appraiserfor Henrico 
County, VA. » Cara (Thorpe) Dillard '02MED 
married Charles Dillard on September 10, 
2005. ° Melissa (TimbeHake) Wright 'OOBS/B 
married Nathaniel Wright on November 6, 

2004. They live in New Kent, VA. ' Amanda 
(Toler) Proost '02BS/H&S married 
Christopher Proost on June 11, 2005. They live 
in Mechanicsville, VA. • (Jason) Shayne 
Townsend '03MURP after two years in Bolivia 
with the Peace Corps, is working for Save the 
Children. He is now in Louisiana reviewing the 
welfare of children displaced by Katrina. • 
HeideTrepanier'OOMFA teaches art 
foundations and in VCU's Department of 
Painting and Printmaking. She is co-founder/ 
director of Richmond's Orange Door Gallery. • 
*ClareTrow '02MED is a senior counselor at 
Maggie Walker Governor's School in 
Richmond, where she lives. ' Anna(Tulou) 
Snyder '01BFA married Robert Snyder on May 
7, 2005. They live in Richmond. <> Jason Van 
Gumster '046FA is a partner with Hand Turkey 
Studios in Mechanicsville, VA, a media 
production company specializing in animation, 
video production, and print design. » 
Genevieve Verlakk '04M6A owns 
Architectural Design in Richmond. » Scotty 
Walker'03,'046S/H&S married Jennifer 
Akins on August 6, 2005. Scotty works for 
Philip Morris USA, and they live in New Kent, 
VA. ' HunterWallacelll'046S/H&Sand 
Tammy Wells '03BS/H&S were married on 
June 25, 2005. « Octavia Ware 'OOBSW, 
'03MSW is an organizer with the Virginia 
Organizing Project in Richmond. » 
Christopher Wash '046S/En is a consultant 
with CapTech Ventures, Inc. in Richmond. » 
Tonya Washington '006S/E is a customer care 
coordinator with InfiIco Degremont in 
Richmond. » *Cherry Watson 'OOMSW is an 
adult stabilization social worker for 
Richmond's Department of Social Services. • 
Ashley(Weinz)Tucker'046S/B married Kevin 
Tucker II on July 2, 2005. She works for 
Appomattox Title Company. » Ba-Shen 
Welch '03PhD/H&S was honored in Ebony 
Magazine as one of "30 Leaders of the 
Future." She is a government and history 
programs professor at Campbell University 
and co-founder of Mentorship in Marriage. • 
Leigh (Werkmeister) Withrow OOBFA married 
Army Capt. Ryan Withrow on March 19, 2005. 
She is an artteacher in Fairfax County Public 
Schools. « Keri-Anne (West) Harrison 01 BS/ 
H&S married Daniel Harrison on September 5, 

2005. They live on their farm in Wendell, N.C. • 
Stacie (White) Johnson '036S/H&S married 
Kevin Johnson on July 16, 2005. They live in 
New Kent, VA. > Michael Whitman OieS/En 
is employed with IBS as a customer support 



SHAFER COURT 38 CONNECTIONS 



technician. He and his wife live in Richmond. • 
Mark Williams '03MA/H&S married Michelle 
Harris Johnson on July 27, 2005. They live in 
Richmond. • Nelvie(Yu)Hanser02BS/H&S 

married Gunnar Hansel on May 21, 2005. She 
is a teacher and lives in Berlin, Germany. 

Obituaries 
1940s 

E. Reid Limerick '49BS/E on November 15, 
2005, at 81. • Jeanne Mangano '48Arts 

on November 16, 2005, at 78. • Margaret 
Worsham '49BFA on October 26, 2005, at 89. 
Shewasa librarian forthe Richmond Public 
Library 1964-81. 

1950s 

Richard Beaty '56BFA on February 25, 2005, 
at 76. He was a lifelong actor, performing in 
over 50 plays and directing over a dozen. • 
Marilyn Bevilaqua '50BFA on June 2, 2005, 
at 76. She taught fine arts in several public 
school systems and universities, including 
VCU, until her retirement in 1986. • Frances 
Blankenship '50BS on July 31, 2005, at 75. 
She was a special education teacher at 
the Cerebral Palsy Center and in Richmond 
Public Schools. » Edgar Butler '58BS/B on 
September 16, 2005, at 75. He was manager of 
Surplus Property for VCU/MCV until his retire- 
ment. • Frances Darden'52BME on October 
8, 2005. She taught music in several Virginia 
public school systems and directed church 
choirs. She performed in the first two operas 
produced at Richmond Professional Institute 
under L.Wayne Batty. • Betty Eborn '50BS/ 
H&S on March 23, 2005, at 77. She was an 
elementary school teacher for over 30 years. 
• Virginia Finlayson '58BS/H&S on July 17, 

2005. • Allen "Monk " Clyde Hall '58BS/B on 
November 22, 2005, at 73, in Baton Rouge, LA. 
' Eleanor Hoffler '54BFA on August 17, 2005, 
at 89. She taught in Richmond Public Schools. 
° Barbara Ann Kelley '50BS/B on February 1, 

2006, in Richmond, at 75. She worked for both 
the FBI and Experiment Incorporate before 

a long career at Reynolds Metals, where she 
became Corporate Secretary. In retirement, 
she worked in the Senate Clerk's Office for 
the VA General Assembly. ' Paul Kersey, 
Jr. '56BS/MC on September 9, 2005, at 75. • 
Joseph Klass '51BM '54MS/H&S on February 
26, 2005. He was a member otthe American 
Psychological Association and the Biofeed- 
back Society of Michigan. » Ralph Lewis 
'57BS/B on February 12, 2005, at 75. He was 
founder and owner of American Seamless 
Floors, Inc. and a member of the South Rich- 
mond Rotary Club. = Charles Mahon '54BS/ 
MC on July 14, 2005, at 72. He was editor of 
The Catholic Vlrginianior 38 years. In 2003, 
he received a Benemerenti Medal in honor of 
his dedication to the church from Pope John 
Paul II. ' Gerald Marple'52BS/MC on March 
6, 2005, at 75. He was a part of the advertising 
staff at The Daily Press, Inc. for 38 years. • 
Roy Morris 'SOBFA on March 31, 2005, at 76. 
He was a teacher in Franklin County, VA Public 
Schools for 35 years. ° Donald Murrill'SIBM 
on October 6, 2005, at 85. • John Perkins 



'50MME on August 7, 2005, at 86. He taught 
music in Henrico, Goochland, and Powhatan 
County Schools in Virginia. • Mildred Pitts 
'50BM on November 3, 2005, at 84. • Thomas 
Rice Jr. '50BS/B on March 5, 2005, at 84. -•' 
Robert Rogers '50BS/E on February 26, 2005, 
at 79. • Dorothy May Sutton '50BS/B on 
January 25, 2006. • Barbara Sant'57BFA on 
November 29, 2005, at 70. She taught art in 
many elementary schools and continued her 
study of the arts. • Betsy Sgarro '57BFA on 
February 6, 2005. 

1960s 

Pamela Castillo '69BS/E on August 31, 2005, 
at 58. • NormanDeHart'65BFAonMay7, 

2005, at 67. He was an outstanding artist with 
works displayed in many Virginia art galleries 
and museums. • Barry Gholson '68BS/B 
on August 28, 2005, at 59. • RuthGrizzard 
■63BS/H&S on February 14, 2005, at 83. She 
was a member of many civic organizations 
and organized the first polio immunization for 
the city of Petersburg, VA in 1963. ' Charlie 
Heath '65BS/B on May 18, 2005, at 64. • 
Ronald Knakal '64BS/B on October 26, 2005, 
at 63. He worked forthe VA Department of 
Transportation for 31 years, until his retire- 
ment in 1995. • Ronald Livingston '82BS/B 
on April 19, 2005, at 67. He was a member of 
the Florida and Virginia Societies of CPA's. • 
Joan McMillan '66BS/H&S on April 7, 2005, 
at 74. • Francis MeelerSr.'65BS/B on March 
22, 2005, at 64. • Gordon Muse 'BSBS/B on 
April 5, 2005, at 66. He was president of Muse 
Buick. ' Frank Nails Jr'B8BS/B on May 29, 
2005, at 59. • Reginald Stanfield '63BS/B on 
April 5, 2005, at 69. He was president of Stan- 
field & Associates, Inc., established in 1974. 
o Elizabeth Wilson '65BSW on November 11, 
2005, at 91. She taught in Hanover County, VA 
Schools until she retired. She was also super- 
intendent of arts and crafts forthe State Fair 
of Virginia. " Laura Woehr'BBBSW on March 

31. 2005, at 89. She taught for Hopewell, VA 
Public Schoolsfor almost 40years. ° Wayne 
Wolfe Sr. '68BS/MC on April 17, 2005, at 60. 
He served in the Virginia state government for 
over 30 years. ° Linda Wooldridge'846S/ 
H&S on March 24, 2005, at 63. She had a suc- 
cessful career in data systems analysis with 
several leading retailers. 

1970s 

John Banks, Jr. '73MS/B on June 3, 2005, at 
81. He was a retired director of Legislative 
Services forthe Commonwealth of Virginia. 
' Robert Brasington '77BS/B on January 

20.2006. • Stephen Brewer '75BA/H&S on 
October 14, 2005, at 52. He worked for over 20 
years forthe VA Department of Transporta- 
tion in Security and Emergency Management. 
• Robert Brockwell '74BS/B on September 
16, 2005, at 54. » William Brough77BS/B 

on March 27, 2005, at 60. He was a char- 
ter member and treasurer of the Virginia 
Motorcycle Association and a dedicated VCU 
Rams basketball fan. • Warren Campbell 
'77MED on January 23, 2005, at 84. He served 
25yearsintheU.S. Army Air Corps, rising to 
the rank of full colonel. He was a member of 



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on 

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VCU Alumni Association 

March31-April2 

14th Annual VCU French Film Festival 
wvvw.frenchfilm.vcu.edu 

April 4, 5:30-7 pm 

School of Business Alumni 
Spring Networking Reception 
VCU Student Commons 



April 4, 5:30-7 pm 

Non-Traditional Studies Alumni Recruitment 
Richard T. Robertson Alumni House 

April?, 5:30-9:30 pm 

VCU Music at the Kennedy Center 
Hosted by DC-Metro Chapter 
$30 per person 

April 10,8 pm 

VCU Music-SOth Madrigalists Reunion 
Concert and Reception 
Singleton Center 

April 19, 6-8 pm 

Presidential, Provost & Deans' 

Scholars Reception 

Provost Dr. Stephen Gottfredson 
Scott House 

April 20 

School of Engineering Alumni Mixei 

April 22 

Destination Imagination 

April 27, 6-8:30 pm 

LGBT Alumni Chapter of VCU 
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) 
Spring Networking Reception 
Babe's of Carytown, Richmond, VA 
$10 per person 

April 28-30 

Reunion Weekend 
All RPI Alumni and 
African-American Alumni 

April 29, noon, 1 pm 

VCU Rugby 20th Anniversary Reunion Games 
"Old Boys/Girls" v. Students 
Abner Clay Park, Clay Street Field 

May 8-17 

Andalucia, Spain 
Alumni Campus Abroad 

May 20 

VCU Commencement 

Commencement Breakfast 

School of Engineering Class '01 
5-year Reunion 

June 

Hampton Roads Chapter Receptio: 

June 6-14, 13-21, 20-28, July 4-12, 11-19 

Switzerland, 7 Days, Traveler's Choice 

October 13-15 

VCUFest!! 

Celebration on Campus!!! 

October 14 

VCU Family Day 

October 8-16 

Chianti, Italy 

Alumni Campus Abroad 

December 11-19 i^\_ ' 

Holiday Markets of Vienna & Salzburg 

Visit the alumni websitSfor details: www.vcu-mcvalumni.org. 





In Memonam 




Illuminating 

Richard Carlyon '53BFA 
'63MFA, professor emeritus 
in the School of the Arts, 
taught brilliantly and com- 
pellingly, by word and ex- 
ample, for more than forty 
years at RPl/VCU, 1955-96. 
At Winter Commencement 
December 10, VCU, still 
dazzled, awarded him the 
Presidential Medallion, its highest honor. Carlyon died January 
20, 2006, after a long fight against cancer. 

Carlyon's ability to mesmerize his students was legend- 
ary. He taught commercial art and dance — he had studied 
with Martha Graham— painting, drawing, art history graphic 
design, and sculpture at RPl and VCU. Students filled his class- 
rooms—all the seats, the floor space— to hear his lectures about 
art and artists. "No one else has impacted like him," choreog- 
rapher and former dance department chair Chris Burnside 
'69BFA told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "Generation after 
generation would agree he was the most inspiring teacher they 
ever had." In 1993 he received the Distinguished Teaching of 
Art Award from the College Art Association. 

Carlyon was an accomplished and engaged artist who kept 
his work fresh. "Everything he did was surprising and interest- 
ing," said Joe Seipel, associate dean of the School of the Arts. 
Carlyon exhibited his work at the Virginia Museum of Fine 
Arts, the Studio Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Fleis- 
chmann Gallery in New York City. He received the Theresa 
Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts in 2001. 

Even after cancer treatments slowed him down, art re- 
mained an essential force in his life. The Reynolds Gallery held 
a retrospective show in November-December; and he hoped to 
return to his work. "Those who have been touched by (art) in 
some way, whether it's making things or thinking about things, 
or the way they interact with people, they're forever changed," 
Carlyon told the Times-Dispatch in December. 

Memorial donations may be sent to the Richard Carlyon Student 
Research Fund; c/o VCU Sculpture Department; 1000 West Broad 
Street; PO Box 84300S; Richmond, VA 23284-3005 or to Massey 
Cancer Center of VCU; 401 College Street; PO Box 980037; Rich- 
mond, VA 23298-0037. 

"A Great Leader of Young Men" 

Ed Allen, a former coach and athletic director at RPl and VCU, 
died in Southport, N.C. on May 7, 2005 at 83. Allen served as 
basketball coach from 1950-67, as baseball coach from 1950-75 
and as athletic director from 1950-67. He retired from VCU 
in 1984. 

Ed Peeples '57BS/E told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that 
Allen "was a great leader of young men." Although Peeples and 
several others on the team were veterans of the Korean War, 
they still learned a great deal about being an adult from Allen. 
"He had a lot of influence on me," Peeples said. 

Team members and fans felt a strong affection and respect 
for Allen, and in 1956 the RPl Alumni Association gave him 
its first Alumni Award. Len Creech played under Allen for 
three seasons and also spoke with the Times-Dispatch. Allen 
knew his players well; he was close to them. He "would do 
just about anything for a player," Creech said. Although there 
were no scholarships — even for Creech, who scored a school 
record 2,019 points in his career — he recalled that "Ed Allen 
somehow or the other got me through college. He was just a 
gentleman in all respects." 

Allen was one of tlie first inductees into VCU's Athletic Hall 
of Fame in 1989. 



Saving Kids in Trouble 

Gilbert Garner Cumbia '76MED 

died of cancer on May 9, 2005 at age 
54. Cumbia taught psychology and 
sociology at Hermitage High School. He 
wrote the initial in-school suspension 
program implemented there in 1976, and 
currently used in all Henrico County 
secondary schools. "He saw kids getting 
in trouble and being suspended out of 
school. He felt the kids needed to work 
through what was bothering them," his 
wife, Susan Schlegel Cumbia, told the 
Richmond-Times Dispatch. 
Cumbia was also a guidance counselor, an intervention 
coordinator, and provided court-ordered group psychotherapy- 
education to adolescents and their parents. 

"An Incredibly Positive Influence" 

The deaths of Bryan Harvey '80BS/H&S and Kathryn Gra- 

binsky Harvey '89BFA and their daughters. Ruby, 4 and Stella, 
9, on New Year's Day, were a tragic loss to the Richmond and 
VCU communities. 

Bryan Harvey was a musician and played in local soul- 
dance band NrG Krysys. His day job was in technology for 
Henrico County Schools. Kathryn Harvey was co-owner and 
artistic director of Worid of Mirth, a popular retro-gift store in 
the Carytown section of Richmond. Their daughters had the 
creative and generous spirit of their parents. 

"They were just wonderful people," Chuck Wrenn '71BFA, 
a longtime friend of the family, told the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch. "They contributed a great deal to the community 
They contributed a great deal to Richmond, and through [Bry- 
an's] music. They were just an incredibly positive influence." 

Bryan and his friend Johnny Hott '84BS/H&S made up 
the critically acclaimed band House of Freaks, which released 
five albums from 1985 to 1995. After the deaths, the Los Angeles 
Times ran an article noting that Harvey and Hott had been "a 
memorable presence" in L.A. music in the mid-1980s. "The 
little time that they were playing in L.A. they sold out wherever 
they played, and they became so hot so fast," club manager 
Debbie Drooz told the Times. "And there was a reason for that. 
They were fabulous, and they didn't sound like anybody else," 

More than 1,400 people attended a memorial service for 
the Harveys at the Byrd Theater on January 6. Information 
about memorial contributions at www.tcfrichmond.org or 
804-330-7400. 

Generous and Multifaceted 

William Carreras of cancer, at home in Richmond on Janu- 
ary 15, 2006. He was 61. With his wife, Rejena Carreras 
'70BFA'80MFA, he helped lead VCU's Partners for Progress 
Campaign in the 1990s, and continued to support the arts and 
VCU. Owner of Carreras, Ltd., he was as brilliant in his trade as 
his own diamonds. DeBeers consulted him in the 1980s about 
marketing diamonds in North America, and named him one 
of 10 "Diamond People" in the world. His ready humor "made 
working with him a wacky and wonderful joy," said Jo Ken- 
nedy, director of Richmond's Visual Arts Center. 

"A Brilliant Mind and a Noble Heart" 

Dr. Elizabeth Ann Fries, an associate professor psychology at 
VCU and co-director of cancer control research for the VCU 
Massey Cancer Center, died May 20, 2005 at the VCU Medical 
Center, of complications after treatment for breast cancer. 
She was 42. 

Fries, director of research for the VCU Women's Health 
Center, focused her work on reducing cancer-causing behav- 



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the American Society of Composers, Authors, 
and Publishers and composed more than 30 
original pieces of music. Raymond Cienek 
Jr. '79MED on May 8, 2005, at 56. He was 
president of RPC Associates, Inc. in Greens- 
boro, NC. Natalie Daley '76MSW on Febru- 
ary 27, 2005, at 52. She was a professional 
social worker in mental and home health care. 
« Arthur Deal Jr. '72BS/B on April 8, 2005, at 
83. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served 
on the Colonial Heights, VA School Board. 
Angela DiSorbo '77MSW on April 12, 2005, 
at 53. She spent almost her entire life in New 
York, worl<ing in and loving the city. Rev. 
W.D. Drake '73MSW on February 13, 2005. 
He served more than 30 years in the U.S. 
Navy, rising to the rank of master chief. He 
was pastor for St. Luke AME Zion Church in 
Franklin, VA, for four and a half years. Bon- 
nie Fahy '72MED on February 27, 2005, at 59. 
= Jean Fields '44BSW '77MED on November 
3, 2005, at 82. She was a special education 
elementary school teacher for over 25 years. 
° Ruth Gayles '71l\/lEd on August 14, 2005, at 
85. Timothy Hanna'7SBS/H&S on June 7, 
2005, at 54. He was a facilities architect for 



the U.S. Army for 16 years. He was also a flight 
instructor, woodworker, and landscaper. 
Dr. Zeola Heller '75MED on September 25, 
2005. GarnaBlakey Kraft '70MED, January 
25, 2006. She taught in Charlottesville and in 
Richmond middle and high schools, receiv- 
ing a Fulbright in summer 1964 to study in 
Japan. She became a counselor at Mosby 
Middle School in Richmond after earning her 
MED at VCU. She and her husband, Ted Kraft 
'51BS/E,traveled widely in Europe, Africa 
and Asia. - David Larrabee'73BFA on May 
1 0, 2005, at 55. Kent Massey '74BS/E on 
March 20, 2005. He was co-owner of the 
former Edgeworth-Massey Oriental Rugs and 
co-owner in the real estate investment firm. 
Buckeye Enterprises. ' Nancy McCamhridge 
'71BS/H&S on January 13, 2005, at 55. She 
was a special education teacher in Prince 
George County, VA. ^ Deborah Parrish ^BBS/ 
Bon February 9, 2005, at 53. Rev. Albert 
Rice, III '78MS/H&S on September 24, 2005, 
at 69. Jim Rooney '70BS/B on October 10, 
2005, at 60. He retired in January 2005 after 31 
years in the City of Richmond's Department of 
Social Services. He and his wife, Marilyn Cox 



Rooney ^aBA/H&S '93BS/D were married 
for 30 years. Virginia Rowe '70BS/E on 

October 28, 2005, at 87 She was president of 
IndMar Coatings Corporation in Wakefield, 
VA. She co-wrote the book, The Supreme 
Sacrifice, and wrote A Brief History of Sussex 
County. Marsha Scott '68BS/B'71MEd on 
July 13, 2005. She was a marketing education 
and driver's education teacher with Richmond 
Public Schools for 30 years. Robert Stam- 
back '66BM '71MME on December 7, 2005. 
He taught at J.R. Tucker HS in Richmond and 
Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, 
VA. Craig Thompson '78BS/MC on May 9, 
2005, at 50. He was a marketing executive for 
Target Marketing. Linda Tracey '73As/En 
on March 19, 2005, at 51. She was devoted to 
her hobbies, including hiking and camping. 

Richard Venable '71MS/E on March 17, 
2005, at 71. He worked in education after his 
retirement from service in the U.S. Air Force. 
Joseph West Jr. '76BS/B on May 30, 2005, at 
51. He was the assistant director of engineer- 
ing and building atthe Virginia Department of 
General Services. Jack Wheeler, Sr. '73BS/ 
Bm November 2004. Alfred Wood '72BS/B 



iors, like tobacco use and poor diet, among people at risk for 
cancer. She led a statewide study to evaluate programs aimed 
to discourage tobacco use among children. 

Liz had quickly established herself as a nationally respected 
cancer control researcher, VCU colleague Dr. Steven Danish 
told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "On campus," he said, "her 
love for her work and the knowledge she shared had a positive 
ripple effect among her students and colleagues." 

"Liz raised the bar for cancer control research at VCU," 
added Massey's director, Dr. Gordon Cinder. "She tackled 
big issues with a brilliant mind and a noble heart." 

VCU has established the Elizabeth A. Fries Memorial Scholar- 
ship Fund for graduate students in psychology pursuing cancer 
control research. VCU Foundation, P.O. Box 843042, Richmond, 
VA 23284-3042. Or contact Shirley McDaniel at 804- 827-0867 
srmcdani@vat.edu. 

Richmond Printmaker 

Nancy Shutter David '71BFA, a moving spirit in the Rich- 
mond arts scene, died July 7, 2005, at 80. E)avid encouraged 
many artists through the Richmond Printmaking Workshop, 
which she owned until it closed in 1993. 

Former workshop director Mary Holland told the Richmond- 
Times Dispatch that David "fell in love with printmaking" when 
"she went back to school [at VCU] in her 40s with three kids." 
David exhibited in juried shows in Virginia and internationally 
from Italy to Peru. She was a member of the One/Off profes- 
sional printmakers group and helped establish a Print Club to 
educate the public on printmaking techniques. 

Dual Career 

Carl Daniel Larsen '72BS/H&S died on August 12, 2005 in 
Reedville, VA, at 56. He was warden of Lunenburg Correctional 
Center from 1995 until he retired in May 2002. In 31 years in 
the VA Department of Corrections, he was also assistant war- 
den of the VA State Penitentiary, superintendent of New Kent 
Correctional, and senior warden at Greenville Correctional. 
In retirement, Larsen pursued a second career as a professional 
watercolor artist, teacher, and creator of Larsen's Fine Art Ltd. 
"Snow People," his signature watercolor collection, was a collab- 



orative trilogy with Francis Wood. He was past president of the 
Lunenburg Rotary Club and was on the Kenbridge Chamber of 
Commerce Board of Directors. 

A Trusted Friend and Consummate Professional 

Dorothy Marks Hardy '56Cert '74BFA/A died peacefully Sept. 
15, 2005, after surviving cancer for 16 years. She graduated 
from RPI in interior design, and later taught in that department 
for 25 years. Hardy was active internationally through the 
Interior Design Educator's Council and served on the board of 
the National Council of Interior Design, responsible for profes- 
sional certification of designers in Canada and the U.S. 

Hardy inspired respect and affection among students and 
colleagues. Dr. Robert Hester, former chair of interior design, 
knew Hardy as a student, a faculty member, "and a very trusted 
friend whom I admired very much." 

A consummate professional. Hardy found professional 
design opportunities for her students. Former students like 
Virginia Hottel '69BFA of T&L, Ltd. in Northern Virginia and 
Mickey Nelson '69BFA of Bowles, Nelson and Power in Roa- 
noke went on to highly successful careers. After retiring from 
VCU, Hardy worked with architects, contractors and clients in 
design development and illustration. 

"He lived what he believed." 

Dr. Martin Sidney Schwartz, professor emeritus of VCU's 
School of Social Work, died Oct. 30, 2005, at 80. He fought in 
WWII at the Battle of the Bulge. The rest of his life, he was a 
peaceful warrior for gay rights and social justice. He took part 
in Dr. Martin Luther Kingjr.'s march on Washington and 
marched against apartheid. 

Schwartz worked for the Virginia Department of Mental 
Health in the mid-1970s. He taught in the School of Social 
Work from 1977-99. Dr. Schwartz was president of the Virginia 
Society for Clinical Social Work and helped establish licensing 
practices for clinical social workers. 

Schwartz's VCU colleague Dr. Jaclyn Miller commented in 
the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "He lived what he believed, he 
taught what he believed and he engaged in what he believed in, 
all the time. He was adored by his students and respected by his 
colleagues." A scholarship in his name is given to a part-time 
VCU master's degree student interested in clinical practice. 



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on April 12, 2005, at 58. He received a Bronze 
Star for service in the Vietnam War and worked 
at Nortfiwestern Mutual for 27 years. • Michael 
Woods '76BS '78MBA/B on May 21, 2005, at 54. 
He was an accountant with Xerox Corporation. 

1980s 

Robert Allen '85BS/MC on January 3, 2005, at 42. 
He was a set decorator for many years with CBS, 
designing sets for The Price is Right, soap operas, 
and tv movies. « Herbert Bryant Jr. '83MS/H&S 
on March 23, 2005. " David Burke '88C/B on 
September 27, 2005, at 66. ' Loreen Lloyd Carch- 
man'86BS/E on January 30, 2006. - Donald 
Colbert '77BS'85MS/B on November 12, 2005, at 
55. *JeanTherese Combs '80 MED on January 
7,2006. Elizabeth Floyd '77BS'83MS/H&S on 
June 6, 2005. Dorothy Frostick'81BS/H&S on 
January 16, 2005, at 47. « Susan Watkins '81 BS/B 
on August 5, 2005, at 46. Sfie worked forthe VA 
Department of Taxation for 22 years. • Joan 
Young '77BSW '80MSW of cancer on January 
25, 2006. She was 50. She had been a therapist at 
Westbrook Hospital, the Richmond Department 
of Mental Health Services, the Richmond VA 
Hospital, and in private practice. She was an avid 
traveler, hiker and biker and a voracious reader. 
Her energy and wry humor made many friends. 

1990s 

Bruce Bell '90BS/B on August 21 , 2005, at 38. 
He was a project manager for Dominion Virginia 
Power. = Luann Branch '91BS/E on April 17, 2005, 
at 40. ' Patricia Browder '75 '91 BS/B on Novem- 
ber 17, 2005. • Stephen Carr'92MFA on May 10, 
2005, at 58. • David Chapman '93BM on June 15, 
2005, at 40. He was a professional trumpet player. 
• David Heath '90BS/B on July 10, 2005, at 39. He 
owned Quizno's on Parham Road in Richmond. • 
Keith Melvin '97BS/B on November 29, 2005. He 
worked forthe VCU Health System. • Glen Pair 
'93MBAonJuly23,2005. •> William Powell Jr. 
'99BS/B on February 19, 2005. • David Siberry 
■97BS/H&S on July 23, 2005, at 48. He worked at 
the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls in Richmond 
for 10 years. • Crystal Smith '95BS/B on June 1, 
2005, at 36. • Patricia Wickham'98MED on May 
4, 2005, at 57. She was a public school teacher 
for 27 years. » Velda Wilson '93BS/B on April 1, 

2005, at 44. 

2000s 

Karen Baechle 'D1BGS on April 15, 2005, at 39. • 
(Lloyd) Gene Byrum Jr. '01MED of a heart attack 
on January 27, 2006, his 48th birthday. He taught 
shop and coached football and girls' softball 
in Hanover County, VA Schools. He served on 
several planning and education commissions in 
Virginia. He was on the School Board and presi- 
dent of the Board of Supervisors of King William 
County, VA. "He wanted to give back to his com- 
munity. That was his thing," said Deborah Byrum 
'80BFA, his wife of 24 years. » Amy Catenaccio 
'G4MSWin2005. ■ Jeffrey Day '02BS/H&S on 
September 6, 2005, at 26. • Matt Fleck '02MS/MC 
on July 22, 2005, at 29. He worked in the restau- 
rant industry in Richmond, where his generous 
spirit made friends everywhere. Banners and trib- 
utes saluting him appeared in the Fan district and 
downtown. " Diana Little 'DOMED on February 3, 

2006, at 35. She was the rehab clinical operations 



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managerfor Bon Secours Hospitals. 

Friends of VCU 

Karen Abse on January 21, 2006, in an acci- 
dent while Whitewater kayaking on the James 
River. As an active community volunteer, 
she helped organize several VCU alumni 
events. Her calm, warm enthusiasm will be 
missed. " Crichton Armstrong on Septem- 
ber 8, 2005, at 60. She was on the faculty in 
the Department of Public Administration at 
VCU and the heroine of a series of mystery 
novels written by Charles Goodrum. - Lloyd 
BoxleySr.onJulyl6,2005. Lloyd Byrd Sr. 
on June 22, 2005, at 79. ■ William Carreras 
of cancer, at home in Richmond on January 
15, 2006. He was 61. With his wife, Rejena 



Carreras ■70BFA'80MFA, he helped lead VCU's 
Partners for Progress Campaign in the 1990s, 
and continued to support the arts and VCU. 
Owner of Carreras, Ltd., he was as brilliant 
in his trade as his own diamonds. DeBeers 
consulted him in the 1980s about marketing 
diamonds in North America, and named him 
one of 10 "Diamond People" in the world. His 
ready humor "made working with him a wacky 
and wonderful joy," said Jo Kennedy, director 
of Richmond's Visual Arts Center. Earle 
Coleman on March 1, 2005, at 63. He was a 
professor of philosophy at VCU and taught for 
33 years. He was also a magician, perform- 
ing his magic at hundreds of events. - Jean 
(Saunders) Drumheller on August 21, 2005, 
at 66. Paul Duke in July 2005. Nancy Gil- 



lespie on September 17, 2005, at 83. She was 
a president of the Tuckahoe Garden Club, and 
active in the Women's Club and the Society 
of Colonial Dames. Dr. DuPontGuerry lllon 
April3, 2005, at92. He was a retired professor 
of ophthalmology Kip Kephart on March 
7, 2005. David Kewer on August 1, 2005, 
at 50. He was CEO and chair of the board for 
the Eskimo Pie Corporation. Ella May on 
September 22, 2005. She was a memberof All 
Saints Episcopal Church, Tuckahoe Women's 
Club, and the Tuckahoe Artists' Associa- 
tion. - Walton May on February 26, 2005, at 
87. He was an F.B.I, agent until his second 
career in real estate. Barton Morecroft on 
September 29, 2005, at 79. He received many 
prestigious scholarships and fellowships, and 



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VCUQ also sponsors an annual design conference where world-re- 
nowned architects and designers from the region discuss their work and 
issues in contemporary design. More than 700 designers, educators and 
students met at the Tasmeen Doha 2005 conference last February with 
the theme, "To Bridge Tradition with Modernization." 

Senior Brian Jones, a communications design major, was one of 14 
VCU Richmond students who attended. The modernization — the Ameri- 
canization — of Qatar amazed him. "Teenagers drove around in Ford 
Mustangs and we had a 24-hour Dairy Queen outside of our hotel." He 
adds thoughtfully, "It was a beautiful country with friendly people. 1 was 
surprised by how wrong Middle Eastern stereotypes are." 

There is a balance of trade. Col- 
laborating with VCU, VCUQ and 
the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 
(VMFA), the Qatar Foundation for 
Education, Science and Community 
Development brought the Middle East 
to Richmond last November in "The 
Expanded Frontier: An International 
Symposium on Islamic Art" at VMFA. 

"No event focusing on Islamic art 
had been held in Central Virginia 
recently; and the roster of participants 
was unprecedented, consisting of 
the top experts in the field, from the 
Middle East, Europe and the U.S.," says Dr. James Farmer, chair of the 
Department of Art History and principal symposium organizer. As with 
the French Film Festival, art history students from the Richmond campus 
got valuable experience as organizational assistants and hosts to visiting 
scholars. Farmer points out that "the event showcased the Qatar Foun- 
dation's relationship with VCU to a broader, non-academic Richmond 
audience, as well as underscoring an already strong collaboration between 
the School of the Arts and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts." 

The Qatar Foundation has recently funded the Khalifa Endowed 
Chair in Islamic Art at VCU. Part of the new faculty member's job will 
be organizing Islamic Art symposia in Doha in 2007 and again in Rich- 
mond in 2009. 

Nayla Al-Mulla is a Qatari studying fashion and graphic design. 
In Doha, she has met students from Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon and the 
U.S.; and she hopes to study for a semester at VCU in Richmond. Al- 
Mulla praises the international teachers and students and the Qatari 
teachers for their revolutionary ideas on how to modernize and yet 
preserve traditions. 

Her comments on the value of these exchanges speak for VCU faculty, 
students and alumni in many fields. "Art creates a powerful bond that 
can help people harmonize together," she says. "The past and future, East 
and West are starting to blend." 

Jane Mitchell is a freelance writer in Richmond. 




made important advances in nuclear powered 
submarines. • Dr. James Dates HI on Aprill9, 

2005. • Virginia Koeppen Panon on January 15, 

2006. ° Dr.Jamesauaglianoonl\/lay12,2005,at 

89. He was a lifelong chemist and faculty member 
at several universities, and taughtfreshman 
chemistry at VCU after retirement. His wife, Dr. 
Lidia Vallarino, is a VCU professor. He won numer- 
ous awards throughout his career, including two 
Fulbright Fellowships. He wrote three textbool<s 
and over seventy articles. • Edmund "Ned" 
Rennolds Jr. on January 10, 2006, just after his 
90th birthday. A stockbroker by profession, he 
was a passionate supporter of the arts. He was a 
founder of the Richmond Symphony and a trustee 
of the VA Museum of Fine Arts. He supported 
VCU's School of the Arts and Cabell Library, and 
established funding forthe Mary Anne Rennolds 
Concert series at VCU in memory of his wife. • 
William Rivas on July 19, 2005, at 73. He was 
executive vice president of store operations for 
CircuitCityStores, Inc. for 31 years. ♦ Lawrence 
Roffman on February 7, 2005, at 85. He was 
president of Republic Corporation of Virginia. He 
served on the boards of many community and 
religious organizations in Richmond. • Kathryn 
"Kitty" Emsheimer Schwarzschild, January 
23, 2006, at 98, Born in New York City, she was 
a sculptor and painter, and collaborated with 
Norman Bel Geddes in creating the "Futurama" 
General Motors exhibit atthe 1939 World's Fair 
in New York. She trained as a WASP pilot during 
WWII. She moved to Richmond afterthe war, 
where she was an active arts and community phi- 
lanthropist, for VCU's School of Medicine among 
others. » Walter Smith III on March 30, 2005, at 
46. ^ Dr. Howard Sparks on February 2, 2005, at 
76. He had more than 20 years of distinguished 
service at VCU and atretirementwasthevice 
provostfor continuing studies and public service. 
He was awarded the VCU Presidential Medallion 
in 1992. ' Allison Reid Stokes on January31, 
2006. ' Paul E. Van VIeetSr., on January 26, in 
Richmond. He was a Spanish instructor at VCU 
1985-2005, He touched countless lives as a Jesuit 
priest and missionary in Central America, where 
he ran a Catholic prep school 1957-71. He later left 
the Jesuits and married. "He wanted to help and 
educate the poorest and most disenfranchised" 
said his son, Peter Edward Van VIeet. • Frank 
Watson on November 15, 2005. He worked for 
Larus & Brother Company from 1932-72. He was a 
member of the Virginia World Trade Conference, 
the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce, and the 
Richmond Chamberof Commerce. 



Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni are identified by year degree/school 

Schools 

A Arts 

AHP Allied Health Professions 

(CLS) Clinical Laboratory Sciences 
(RC) Rehabilitation Counseling 

B Business 

CPP Center for Public Policy 

Dentistry 

E Education 

En Engineenng 

H&S Humanities and Sciences 

M-BH Medicine-Basic Health Sciences 



MC Mass Communications 
N Nursing 
P Pharmacy 
SW Social Work 

Degrees 

AS Associate's Degree 
C Certificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 
BIS Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies 
BFA,MFA Bachelor, Master of Fine Art 
BIS, MIS Bachelor, Master of Interdisciplinary 
Studies 



BSW, MSW Bachelor, Master of Social Work 
6M, MM, MME Bachelor, Master of Music, 

Master of Music Education 
M, DPA Master, Doctor of Public Administration 
MAE Master of Art Education 
MBA Master of Business Administration 
MD Doctor of Medicine 
MEd Master of Education 
MIS Master of Interdisciplinary Studies 
MPA, DPA Master, Doctor of Public Administration 
MT Five-year Teacher Education program includes 

a BA or BS/H&S and a Master of Teaching. 
MURP Master of Urban and Regional Planning 
PhD Doctor of Philosophy 



*Member of the VCU Alumni Association 



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On November 11, we celebrated VCD Founders by recognizing alumni of 
achievement and dedication from each of the Schools. Our stars shone and 
twinkled at a reception and dinner at the Science Museum of Virginia. 



AWkA Health Professintts 

Rebecca Perdue '62BS Clinical Laboratory Sciences 

Group Managerforthe Commonwealth of Virginia 
Department of General Services, Division of Con- 
solidated Laboratories, managing quality assurance, 
safety and training. State Training Coordinator, 
National Laboratory Training Network. Served as 
Board member and President of the MCV Alumni 
Association of VCU. 

Arts 

Judith Godwin '52BFA Painting & Printmaking 

'89Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts 

Internationally known abstract expressionist painter. 
Her works are in major collections, including the 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern 
Art, the National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan, the 
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Art 
Institute of Chicago. 

Bask Health Sciences 

Dr. Colleen Jackson-Cook '85PhD Human Genetics 

Professor in Departments of Pathology, Human Genet- 
ics and Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of 
Medicine. Director of the VCU Cytogenetics Labora- 
tory since 1991 and an outstanding teacher. Research 
in chromosomal changes as people age; a reviewer 
and scientific advisorforthe American Foundation for 
Aging Research and for many journals in herfield. 

Business 

Nancy Everett '78BS Accounting 

Chief Investment Officer with General Motors Corp. 
Formerly Chief Investment Officer with the Virginia 
Retirement System. 

Dr. Roger Wood '75DDS 

President and practitioner at Wood, Dunlevy and 
Lombardozzi. Chair of American Dental Associa- 
tion Council on Dental Education and Licensure. 



Received a 2002 Congressional Award for Extraor- 
dinary Leadership and Compassion, after he and his 
wife organized flood relief for Goldsboro, NC in 1999. 
2004 Community Service Award from the Virginia 
Dental Association. 

Education 

Stephanie Holt '74BS Business Education 

Account Manager at Xerox Corporation, she handles 
accounts forthe Governor's Office and several large 
Virginia agencies. Member and later co-chair of the 
Xerox Community Involvement Program since 1980. 
Member of the Board of Directors of the VCU Alumni 
Association and President of the School of Education 
Alumni Division. 

f/yi/lc't'/i/l'C 

Bradford Crosby BS '01 Chemical Engineering 

Technical Supervisor with Infineon Technologies, 
Lithography. President of the School of Engineering 
Alumni Division. As an undergraduate, co-founded 
ChemEngine, a student-run engineering consulting 
firm still operating. 

Humanities and Sciences 

Dr. Leah Robinson '63BS '65MS '74PhD Psychology 

First Ph.D. graduate of VCU's Psychology program and 
a pathfinder. The first woman psychologist in full-time 
private practice in Eastern Virginia and the first with 
admission privileges to a psychiatric hospitalthere. 
A leader in securing full legal privileges for psycholo- 
gists to form private practices with physicians. 

Miiss Caniniunications 
Hugh Keogh '81MS Mass Comm 

Former Director of Economic Development for 
Virginia. President and CEO of the Virginia Chamber 
of Commerce. Active in numerous civic organizations. 
Former President of the VCU Alumni Association. 



Mcaumc 

Dr. Thomas Krummell '83Housestaff 

Internationally known in the field of pediatric surgery 
and innovative surgicaltechnology. Emile Holman 
Professor and Chair of Stanford University Depart- 
ment of Surgery and Susan B.Ford Surgeon-in-Chief 
of Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at 
Stanford. Founder and director of Stanford's Surgical 
Innovation Program. Two Smithsonian Informa- 
tion Technology Innovators Awards for his work in 
technology and surgical robotics; serves on almost a 
dozen editorial boards. 

Nursing 

Margaret Gallagher Lewis '88BS 

President, Health Corporation of America, Central 
Atlantic Division. Founding board member of Lead 
Virginia and a member of the State Council on Higher 
Education in Virginia. 

Pharnicay 

Dr. Bruce McWhinney PharmD '70BS 

Senior Vice PresidentforCorporate Clinical Affairs 
for Cardinal Health, Inc. third largest pharmacy 
management company in the U.S. Developed and 
led Cardinal's Department of Corporate Quality and 
Clinical Affairs. Chair of the Board of Pharmaceutical 
Specialties and the National Committee on Quality 
Healthcare. 

Social Work 

Dr. Ira Colby '75MSW 

Dean of the School of Social Work atthe University 
of Houston. Colby serves on editorial boards of major 
journals like Journal of Social Work Education and 
International Social Policy. Site Visitor and Team Chair 
forthe Commission on Accreditation of the Council on 
Social Work Education. 

Wilder School of GoM'nunent and Public Affairs 
Anita Josey-Herring '82BA 

Associate Judge of the Superior Court, District of 
Columbia. Deputy Presiding Judge of the Family Court. 
She helped establish a Family Treatment Dependency 
Courtto keep families togetherand healthy. 



I am proud to 
serve on behalf 



and encourage all alumni to 
support VCU as the University 
continues to impact education, 
not only in the Commonwealth, 
but throughout the nation." 



Treasurer 



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"The Association is growing, with new 
chapters in the DC-Metro and Hampton 
Roads, and the Young Alumni Council. 



With so much positive 
change, we have a great 
opportumt 



and ourfellow alumni. 
Through growing our association membership, we 
can continue to expand programs to support faculty, 
students and recent graduates in a way that benefits 
our entire community." 



Row 3 

Elizabeth Moran, 
Tom Phillips, 
Gaurav Shrestha, 
Bill Ginther 

Row 2 

Matt Grammer, 
Jack Farmer, 
Nina Sims 

Row 1 

Marika Byrd, 
Vickie Snead, 
JoLvnne DeMary, 
Patricia Green, 
Carol Negus 



Wi^mff 




"It is important to have a 'seat atthe table' in 
deciding how our diverse group of alumni will 
connect with VCU in years to come. 



oani maKe a larger impa 



through more alumni 
at college fairs, phone-a-thons, campus tours and 
one-on-one meetings with prospective students 
and parents." 



the months ahe 

we intend to establish a 
network of regional ai " 



I encourage all Association members who 
wish to build or join a chapter to contact the 
VCU alumni office at 804-828-2586, or through 
vcu-alum@vcu.edu." 



MED, Presideh 



" It is because VCU was there 
for me in the '60s that I am 
able to give [and serve] now. 



my adult life , 
had not had the 



Bill Ginther '69BS'74MS/ 

Immediate Past President 



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